Family caregivers, the "second victims" or hidden patients in dementia care, are at risk for social isolation, stress, depression, and mortality. Telephone-based support (telesupport groups) represents a practical, low-burden, low-cost source of emotional support. The present study evaluated the feasibility and effectiveness of professionally led telephone-based support groups for female family caregivers of community-dwelling dementia patients. Recruited through various community sources, 103 female caregivers were randomized to the telesupport group treatment or a control condition. Effects on caregiver burden, depression, and personal gains were evaluated at 6 months, the main end point. Older caregivers (≥65) in telesupport reported lower depression than control group caregivers did.
Recommended CitationWinter, Laraine and Gitlin, Laura N., "Evaluation of a telephone-based support group intervention for female caregivers of community-dwelling individuals with dementia" (2006). Center for Applied Research on Aging and Health Research Papers. Paper 13.