E-care: A telecommunications technology intervention for family caregivers of dementia patients

Sanford Finkel*, Sara J. Czaja, Richard Schulz, Zoran Martinovich, Carol Harris, Donna Pezzuto

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE:: This study evaluated the effectiveness of a technology-based psychoeducational intervention for family caregivers of dementia patients. An additional objective was to determine if the intervention could be implemented by a community-based social service agency. METHODS:: Forty-six caregivers were randomly assigned to either a technology-based intervention or an information-only control condition. RESULTS:: Caregivers assigned to the intervention condition reported a significant decrease in burden postintervention and those who evidenced high depression at baseline experienced a significant decline in depression. CONCLUSION:: This study provides evidence that technology offers a cost-effective and practical method for delivering interventions to caregivers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)443-448
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
Volume15
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2007

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Keywords

  • Caregivers
  • Dementia
  • Technology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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