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Am J Alzheimers Dis Other Demen. 2016 Feb;31(1):57-67. doi: 10.1177/1533317515578256. Epub 2015 Mar 24.

The Effect of a Personalized Dementia Care Intervention for Caregivers From Australian Minority Groups.

Author information

1
School of Nursing and Midwifery, Flinders University, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia lily.xiao@flinders.edu.au.
2
School of Nursing and Midwifery, Flinders University, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia.
3
Alzheimer's Australia, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia.
4
School of Psychiatry, University of NSW, Sydney, Australia.
5
Flinders Centre for Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia.

Abstract

Most caregiver interventions in a multicultural society are designed to target caregivers from the mainstream culture and exclude those who are unable to speak English. This study addressed the gap by testing the hypothesis that personalized caregiver support provided by a team led by a care coordinator of the person with dementia would improve competence for caregivers from minority groups in managing dementia. A randomised controlled trial was utilised to test the hypothesis. Sixty-one family caregivers from 10 minority groups completed the trial. Outcome variables were measured prior to the intervention, at 6 and 12 months after the commencement of trial. A linear mixed effect model was used to estimate the effectiveness of the intervention. The intervention group showed a significant increase in the caregivers' sense of competence and mental components of quality of life. There were no significant differences in the caregivers' physical components of quality of life.

KEYWORDS:

dementia; family caregivers; minority groups; randomized controlled trial

PMID:
25805891
DOI:
10.1177/1533317515578256
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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