Telesupport: Evaluation of Professionally Led Support Groups for Caregivers

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First received: November 28, 2005
Last updated: July 6, 2015
Last verified: July 2015
This study is a collaborative effort between a community-based service organization, Supportive Older Women's Network (SOWN), and an academic research division at Thomas Jefferson University (TJU). We plan to use a randomized controlled two-group design to: 1) test the effectiveness of the intervention at 6 months to enhance social support and perceived efficacy in comparison to a control group; 2) test if gains are sustained over 12 months (within experimental group comparison); and 3) evaluate the cost and cost effectiveness of the intervention. Three secondary study aims are to describe the process and content of tele-support groups (dose/intensity, support group topics); evaluate the relative benefits for African American and White females; and determine if control group subjects benefit from receiving a peer's telephone number for mutual support (within group comparison between 6 and 12 months).

Condition Intervention Phase
Caregiver Burden
Behavioral: Caregiver support via telephone
Phase 1

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Single Blind
Official Title: Evaluation of Professionally Led Support Groups for Caregivers

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Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Caregiver depression
  • Caregiver burdern
  • Caregiver social support

Study Start Date: September 2000

Ages Eligible for Study:   55 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Female

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Caregivers will be recruited for study participation who fit the following criteria: 1) female, 2) 55 or older, 3) has been a caregiver for a minimum of 6 months, 3) provides care to a person with a physician's diagnosis of ADRD, 4) has weekly access to a telephone for one hour without interruption during working hours, or if unable to have uninterrupted time, willing to have home-maker service. Homemaker service during the tele-group meetings will be arranged by the recruitment source. For this study, we plan to recruit only females since they represent the majority of those providing care to persons with ADRD and have been shown to demonstrate significantly more stress and negative health outcomes than male caregivers.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Male
  • under age of 55
  • not a caregiver of person with ADRD
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00259415

United States, Pennsylvania
Thomas Jefferson University
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, 19107
Sponsors and Collaborators
Thomas Jefferson University
Principal Investigator: Laura N Gitlin, Ph.D Thomas Jefferson
  More Information

No publications provided Identifier: NCT00259415     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: IIRG-00-1998
Study First Received: November 28, 2005
Last Updated: July 6, 2015
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board

Keywords provided by Thomas Jefferson University:
Support groups
Alzheimer's Disease processed this record on November 25, 2015