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Improving Mood and Behavior in Assisted Living Residents Through Skills Training for Their Caregivers

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00255866
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : November 21, 2005
Last Update Posted : December 2, 2015
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Study Description
Brief Summary:
This study will develop a treatment program to reduce mood and behavior problems in assisted living residents who have dementia.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Dementia Alzheimer Disease Behavioral: Skills training for the care of dementia patients Phase 2 Phase 3

Detailed Description:

Assisted living is rapidly becoming one of the most common methods of caring for older adults with dementia in long-term care. Over half of assisted living residents have dementia and many exhibit affective and behavioral problems related to the condition; residents' care and quality of life may suffer as a result of these problems. Despite the seriousness of this condition, interventions to teach direct care staff how to care for these residents are limited. This study will develop a program for teaching assisted living staff how to deal with the issues of patients with dementia and reduce mood and behavioral problems among this population.

Caregivers will be randomly assigned to attend skills training sessions as two 4-hour workshops, four 30 minute individual training sessions, or two 30 minute in-services. Training will focus on dementia, depression and anxiety, the incidence of behavior problems, and skills and techniques for alleviating care challenges associated with behavior problems. Caregivers will complete self-report scales and questionnaires at the beginning and at the end of the study; these measures will assess job satisfaction, reactions to resident behavioral problems, and job skills. Residents will also be recruited for this study; they will complete questionnaires about their depressive episodes, anxiety, behavioral problems, and quality of life at the beginning and at the end of the study.


Study Design

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 90 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Official Title: Improving Affect and Behavior in Assisted Living Residents
Study Start Date : January 2004
Primary Completion Date : December 2006
Study Completion Date : December 2006

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MedlinePlus related topics: Dementia
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Arms and Interventions


Outcome Measures

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Skills to effectively deal with resident behavioral problems

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Resident depression, anxiety, behavioral problems, and quality of life

Eligibility Criteria

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Ages Eligible for Study:   21 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria for Assisted Living Staff

  • Work in the assisted living residence for at least 6 months prior to study entry
  • Work in the assisted living residence at least 5 days a week, for at least 4 hours a day on day or afternoon-evening shifts
  • Provide direct care for at least 1 assisted living resident
  • Agree to attend all training sessions and complete assessment forms
  • Able to speak, read, and understand English at a 6th grade level

Inclusion Criteria for Assisted Living Residents:

  • Diagnosis of dementia
  • Identified by caregiving staff as having mood or behavioral problems
  • Have lived at the assisted living residence for at least 3 months prior to study entry
  • Have a family member with power of attorney

Exclusion Criteria for Assisted Living Residents:

  • Plan to receive medication for affective or behavioral problems during the study
  • History of alcohol or drug abuse
  • Have attempted suicide within 1 year prior to study entry
Contacts and Locations

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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00255866


Locations
United States, Arkansas
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Little Rock, Arkansas, United States, 72205
United States, Illinois
Rush University School of Nursing
Chicago, Illinois, United States, 60612
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Washington
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Linda Teri, PhD University of Washington
More Information

Responsible Party: Linda Teri, Principal Investigator, University of Washington
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00255866     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 26082-ED
R21MH069651 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
DSIR 82-SEDR
First Posted: November 21, 2005    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: December 2, 2015
Last Verified: December 2013

Keywords provided by Linda Teri, University of Washington:
Assisted Living Facilities
Aged
Elderly
Caregivers

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Alzheimer Disease
Dementia
Brain Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Tauopathies
Neurodegenerative Diseases
Neurocognitive Disorders
Mental Disorders