Telesupport: Evaluation of Professionally Led Support Groups for Caregivers

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : November 29, 2005
Last Update Posted : July 8, 2015
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Thomas Jefferson University

Brief Summary:
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 or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Caregiver Burden Behavioral: Caregiver support via telephone Phase 1

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Single
Official Title: Evaluation of Professionally Led Support Groups for Caregivers
Study Start Date : September 2000

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MedlinePlus related topics: Caregivers

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Caregiver depression
  2. Caregiver burdern
  3. Caregiver social support

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Ages Eligible for Study:   55 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes 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 (NCT number): 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 Identifier: NCT00259415     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: IIRG-00-1998
First Posted: November 29, 2005    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: July 8, 2015
Last Verified: July 2015

Keywords provided by Thomas Jefferson University:
Support groups
Alzheimer's Disease