Education Program for Family Caregivers
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.
|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|
- hardiness [ Time Frame: pre-intervention, immediate post-intervention, six-month post-intervention, and twelve-month post-intervention ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
- 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 ]
|Study Start Date:||March 2006|
|Estimated Study Completion Date:||May 2013|
|Primary Completion Date:||September 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
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.
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.
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00764647
|United States, West Virginia|
|West Virginia University Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center, Charleston Division|
|Charleston, West Virginia, United States, 25304|
|Principal Investigator:||Barbara L Nunley, PhD, RN||West Virginia University School of Nursing|