Overview

This trial is active, not recruiting.

Condition stress
Treatment education program for family caregivers of frail elders
Sponsor CAMC Health System
Start date March 2006
End date September 2011
Trial size 42 participants
Trial identifier NCT00764647, 06-02-1779

Summary

The purpose of this evaluation is to determine the effectiveness of an educational program designed to assist family caregivers to learn the knowledge and skills to take better care of their frail elder relatives and themselves.

United States No locations recruiting
Other Countries No locations recruiting

Study Design

Endpoint classification efficacy study
Intervention model single group assignment
Masking open label
Primary purpose treatment
Arm
(Experimental)
Experimental study where an educational course is evaluated to determine its effect on caregivers of frail elders' hardiness, depressive symptomatology, caregiver burden, quality of life, coping, and demographic data.
education program for family caregivers of frail elders
Family caregiver participants in the educational program will receive an educational course presented by the investigator that focuses on the care of the frail elder and themselves. The course will involve four to five consecutive weekly sessions, each 2 1/2 to 3 hours long. The educational program will be offered biannually, spring and fall seasons.

Primary Outcomes

Measure
hardiness
time frame: pre-intervention, immediate post-intervention, six-month post-intervention, and twelve-month post-intervention

Secondary Outcomes

Measure
knowledge of caregiving, quality of life, physical health, depressive symptoms, burden, and coping
time frame: pre-intervention, immediate post-intervention, six-month post-intervention, and twelve-month post-intervention

Eligibility Criteria

Male or female participants at least 18 years old.

Inclusion Criteria: - 18 years of age and older - family member participating in care of a frail elder (60 years and older) Exclusion Criteria: - unable to speak or read English (materials are written in English)

Additional Information

Official title Evaluation of Education Program for Family Caregivers of Frail Elders
Principal investigator Barbara L Nunley, PhD, RN
Description Spouses, children, and other family members typically care for frail elderly persons. These family caregivers attempt to provide care for their relative in the home, despite the potential for excessive stress to themselves. This care may extend over many years, involving unrelenting management of their relative, which puts the caregiver at risk for the development of physical and mental health consequences. The stress of caring for a frail elder may result in the institutionalization of the care receiver due to declining health or abilities in the caregiver as caregivers frequently continue to provide care at the expense of their own health. The goal of the education program is to fill an important need, that is, assist caregivers to become empowered, hardier, and have the ability to cope with the stress associated with caregiving. The aim is to investigate whether this educational intervention improves selected outcomes for family caregivers of frail elders. The selected outcomes are knowledge of caregiving, hardiness, quality of life, physical health, depressive symptoms, burden, and coping.
Trial information was received from ClinicalTrials.gov and was last updated in February 2016.
Information provided to ClinicalTrials.gov by CAMC Health System.