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Telephone Support for Dementia Caregivers

This study has been completed.
National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Geoffrey Tremont, Rhode Island Hospital Identifier:
First received: August 14, 2008
Last updated: May 4, 2015
Last verified: May 2015
Caring for a patient with dementia is associated with increased feelings of burden and depression. The proposed study will examine the efficacy of Family Intervention: Telephone Tracking - Dementia (FITT-Dementia), a multi-component, family-based, telephone intervention, as a tool to reduce caregiver stress.

Condition Intervention Phase
Dementia Behavioral: Family Intervention:Telephone Tracking Support- Caregiver Behavioral: Telephone Support Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Single (Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
Official Title: Psychosocial Telephone Intervention for Dementia Caregivers

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Further study details as provided by Geoffrey Tremont, Rhode Island Hospital:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Depression, burden, reaction to memory and behavior problems [ Time Frame: Every two months, over a 6 month time-period , and a three month follow-up ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Cost-effectiveness and resource use [ Time Frame: Monthly resource check-ins. ]

Enrollment: 250
Study Start Date: February 2008
Study Completion Date: May 2013
Primary Completion Date: May 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Active Comparator: Supportive Counseling Behavioral: Telephone Support
Supportive telephone counseling about caregiving
Experimental: Problem-Solving Behavioral: Family Intervention:Telephone Tracking Support- Caregiver
Family-based problem solving treatment
Other Name: FITT-C

Detailed Description:

A previous pilot study of this approach showed reduced burden and reaction to memory and behavior problems for dementia caregivers. This study will test the intervention in a larger group of caregivers and have a more detailed analysis of outcomes.

The caregiver of a person with dementia will receive telephone support calls. They will receive telephone calls from a trained member of the research team. These calls will occur over a six-month period and will be scheduled at a time that is convenient for the caregiver. They will receive a total of 16 calls over 6 months. During each call, the support person will discuss their current caregiving situation and provide various forms of support.


Ages Eligible for Study:   50 Years to 90 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • 1) Diagnosis of dementia;
  • 2) mild to moderate dementia;
  • 3) family member or other adult in caregiver role for at least 6 months, and who provides at least 4 hours of supervision or direct assistance per day for the person with dementia;
  • 4) care recipient lives in the community, including senior/retirement centers, but excluding nursing homes and assisted living centers; and
  • 5) there is no plan for the care recipient to be placed in long term care or the caregiver to end their role within the next 6 months

Exclusion Criteria:


  • 1) other major medical condition affecting independent functioning
  • 2) older than age 90; and
  • 3) younger than age 50.


  • 1) major acute medical illness;
  • 2) English not primary language;
  • 3) cognitive impairment;
  • 4) no access to a telephone; or
  • 5) older than age 90.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00735800

United States, Rhode Island
Rhode Island Hospital
Providence, Rhode Island, United States, 02905
Sponsors and Collaborators
Rhode Island Hospital
National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR)
Principal Investigator: Geoffery Tremont, Ph.D Rhode Island Hospital
  More Information

Responsible Party: Geoffrey Tremont, Director, Neuropsychology, Rhode Island Hospital Identifier: NCT00735800     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: R01NR010559 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
Study First Received: August 14, 2008
Last Updated: May 4, 2015

Keywords provided by Geoffrey Tremont, Rhode Island Hospital:
Alzheimer's disease

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Brain Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Neurocognitive Disorders
Mental Disorders processed this record on September 19, 2017