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Psychol Aging. 2003 Sep;18(3):361-74.

Effect of multicomponent interventions on caregiver burden and depression: the REACH multisite initiative at 6-month follow-up.

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  • 1Community and Homecare Research Division, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107, USA. laura.gitlin@jefferson.edu

Abstract

Meta-analysis was used to examine pooled parameter estimates of 9 active compared with 6 control conditions of the Resources for Enhancing Alzheimer's Caregiver Health (REACH) project at 6 months on caregiver burden and depressive symptoms. Associations of caregiver characteristics and outcomes were examined. For burden, active interventions were superior to control conditions (p = .022). Also, active interventions were superior to control conditions for women versus men and for caregivers with lower education versus those with higher education. For depressive symptoms, a statistically significant association of group assignment was found for Miami's family therapy and computer technology intervention (p = .034). Also, active interventions were superior to control conditions for Hispanics, nonspouses, and caregivers with lower education. Results suggest interventions should be multicomponent and tailored.

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14518800
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PMCID:
PMC2583061
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