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Trial of Benefit Finding in Caregivers: The Building Resources in Caregivers (BRiC) Study (BRiC)

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02444312
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : May 14, 2015
Last Update Posted : October 6, 2015
Sponsor:
Collaborators:
Carolan Research Institute
Care Alliance Ireland
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Brenda O'Connell, University of Limerick

Brief Summary:
A randomised controlled trial that will compare the effects of a brief benefit -finding writing intervention with an active control condition on quality of life and psychological health among informal caregivers.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Quality of Life Psychological Distress Behavioral: Benefit-finding Writing Activity Behavioral: Neutral Writing Activity Not Applicable

Detailed Description:
A double-blind, randomized controlled parallel group study design with an equal 1:1 allocation ratio will be employed. This study will compare the effect of a brief benefit finding writing intervention with a control condition among caregivers. Caregivers currently caring for people with mental and physical disabilities will be randomised into a two-week, a) a benefit writing group or b) a control writing group. Caregivers will complete self-report measures relating to their care-recipient and themselves (e.g., illness type, and sociodemographics) and psychometric measures of benefit finding (primary outcome), psychological distress and quality of life(secondary outcomes). These will be assessed via online software at baseline, immediate post-test and at 3 month follow-up. Additionally, expectations and fidelity indices will be assessed and qualitative commentary on participation experiences gathered.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 88 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Triple (Care Provider, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Randomised Controlled Trial of Benefit Finding in Caregivers: The Building Resources in Caregivers (BRiC) Study Protocol
Study Start Date : June 2015
Actual Primary Completion Date : October 2015
Actual Study Completion Date : October 2015

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MedlinePlus related topics: Caregivers

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Benefit-finding Writing Activity
For two weeks, on six days of their choice, caregivers will be instructed to write about their thoughts and feelings in a diary/ notebook about the benefits of caring.
Behavioral: Benefit-finding Writing Activity
Caregivers will be instructed to write about the benefits of caring, considering things such as improved social relationship, appreciation of life and loved ones, and the positive consequences with respect to these.

Active Comparator: Neutral Writing activity
For two weeks, on six days of their choice, caregivers will be instructed to write about a neutral topic.
Behavioral: Neutral Writing Activity
The control group will be instructed to write number of things about the weather that day. Although the sentences can be as long or as short as they like, they will be encouraged to try and aim for about 3 or 4 sentences at least.




Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Benefit Finding (Adapted version of the 17-item Benefit Finding Scale; Antoni et al., 2001) [ Time Frame: Baseline, immediate post-intervention (two weeks), and 3 months ]
    Used to assess change in benefit-finding levels over the course of the intervention and follow-up


Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Caregiver Quality of Life (40 item Adult Carer Quality of Life Questionnaire; Joseph, Becker, Elwick, & Silburn, 2012) [ Time Frame: Baseline, immediate post-intervention (two weeks), and 3 months ]
    This measures quality of life in eight separate domains: support for caring; caring choice; caring stress; money matters; personal growth; sense of value; ability to care; and carer satisfaction. Used to assess change in quality of life levels over the course of the intervention and follow-up

  2. Psychological Distress (Hospital and Anxiety Depression Scale; Zigmond & Snaith, 1983) [ Time Frame: Baseline, immediate post-intervention (two weeks), and 3 months ]
    Used to assess change in psychological distress levels over the course of the intervention and follow-up, and as a moderator



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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Must be over the age of 18
  • Must identify as caring for a family member, friend or relative
  • Must be living in Ireland

Exclusion Criteria:

  • If the person cared for is living in institutional care

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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT02444312


Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Limerick
Carolan Research Institute
Care Alliance Ireland
Investigators
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Study Director: Stephen Gallagher, PhD University of Limerick, Department of Psychology
Principal Investigator: Charles Brand, MSc University of Limerick
Principal Investigator: Brenda H O' Connell, B.A University of Limerick

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Responsible Party: Brenda O'Connell, Ms. Brenda O'Connell, University of Limerick
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02444312    
Other Study ID Numbers: BRiC2015
First Posted: May 14, 2015    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: October 6, 2015
Last Verified: October 2015
Keywords provided by Brenda O'Connell, University of Limerick:
Caregiving
Benefit Finding
Writing Intervention