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Preliminary study of a communication intervention for family caregivers and spouses with dementia
Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Caring Science/Nursing.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2511-9502
2017 (English)In: International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, ISSN 0885-6230, E-ISSN 1099-1166Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

OBJECTIVE: This study was to designed to examine the feasibility and preliminary outcomes of CARE: Caring About Relationships and Emotions, a 10-week, home-based, intervention to support married couples affected by dementia.

METHODS: Fifteen older couples participated in a single group repeated measures feasibility study. Weekly, video-recorded conversations over 10 weeks were used to rate communication using the Verbal/Nonverbal Interaction Scale for caregivers and care receivers.

RESULTS: Accounting for mental status of care recipients, the ratio of social to unsocial communication showed a significant improvement across sessions-an average of 4.46 points per session [β = 4.46, t(10) = 1.96, p = .039]. Spouse caregiver (CG) communication showed a significant decrease in the number of disabling communications with approximately .65 decreased comments per session [β = 0.654, t(11) = -2.61, p = .024].

CONCLUSIONS: At home dyadic, relationship-focused psychoeducational intervention to improve communication in spouses affected by dementia has the potential to improve communication outcomes. Creative ways of working with couples are needed to help them sustain their relationships and maintain their health.

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2017.
Keyword [en]
Alzheimer's disease, communication, dementia, family caregivers, spouse
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Health Sciences
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Health and Welfare
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-26543DOI: 10.1002/gps.4816PubMedID: 29105129Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85032917494OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-26543DiVA: diva2:1156447
Available from: 2017-11-13 Created: 2017-11-13 Last updated: 2017-11-20Bibliographically approved

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