Education Program for Family Caregivers

This study is ongoing, but not recruiting participants.
Sponsor:
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Barbara Nunley, PhD, CAMC Health System
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT00764647
First received: October 1, 2008
Last updated: December 4, 2012
Last verified: December 2012
  Purpose

The purpose of this evaluation is to determine the effectiveness of an educational program designed to assist family caregivers to learn the knowledge and skills to take better care of their frail elder relatives and themselves.


Condition Intervention
Stress
Behavioral: Education program for family caregivers of frail elders

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Evaluation of Education Program for Family Caregivers of Frail Elders

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Further study details as provided by CAMC Health System:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • hardiness [ Time Frame: pre-intervention, immediate post-intervention, six-month post-intervention, and twelve-month post-intervention ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • knowledge of caregiving, quality of life, physical health, depressive symptoms, burden, and coping [ Time Frame: pre-intervention, immediate post-intervention, six-month post-intervention, and twelve-month post-intervention ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Enrollment: 42
Study Start Date: March 2006
Estimated Study Completion Date: May 2013
Primary Completion Date: September 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Single arm
Experimental study where an educational course is evaluated to determine its effect on caregivers of frail elders' hardiness, depressive symptomatology, caregiver burden, quality of life, coping, and demographic data.
Behavioral: Education program for family caregivers of frail elders
Family caregiver participants in the educational program will receive an educational course presented by the investigator that focuses on the care of the frail elder and themselves. The course will involve four to five consecutive weekly sessions, each 2 1/2 to 3 hours long. The educational program will be offered biannually, spring and fall seasons.

Detailed Description:

Spouses, children, and other family members typically care for frail elderly persons. These family caregivers attempt to provide care for their relative in the home, despite the potential for excessive stress to themselves. This care may extend over many years, involving unrelenting management of their relative, which puts the caregiver at risk for the development of physical and mental health consequences. The stress of caring for a frail elder may result in the institutionalization of the care receiver due to declining health or abilities in the caregiver as caregivers frequently continue to provide care at the expense of their own health. The goal of the education program is to fill an important need, that is, assist caregivers to become empowered, hardier, and have the ability to cope with the stress associated with caregiving. The aim is to investigate whether this educational intervention improves selected outcomes for family caregivers of frail elders. The selected outcomes are knowledge of caregiving, hardiness, quality of life, physical health, depressive symptoms, burden, and coping.

  Eligibility

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • 18 years of age and older
  • family member participating in care of a frail elder (60 years and older)

Exclusion Criteria:

  • unable to speak or read English (materials are written in English)
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00764647

Locations
United States, West Virginia
West Virginia University Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center, Charleston Division
Charleston, West Virginia, United States, 25304
Sponsors and Collaborators
CAMC Health System
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Barbara L Nunley, PhD, RN West Virginia University School of Nursing
  More Information

Publications:
Responsible Party: Barbara Nunley, PhD, Associate Professor, West Virginia University School of Nursing., CAMC Health System
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00764647     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 06-02-1779
Study First Received: October 1, 2008
Last Updated: December 4, 2012
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board

Keywords provided by CAMC Health System:
family caregivers
caregiver education
caregiver burden
caregiver hardiness
caregiver depressive symptoms

ClinicalTrials.gov processed this record on July 23, 2014