This study will identify effective treatments for reducing depression among female
caregivers to patients with dementia.
Caregivers to patients with dementia often experience some level of depression. This study
will compare the effectiveness of two home based information and support treatments to
reduce depressive episodes.
This study is for women who live with a family member with dementia and are experiencing
stress related to caregiving. Caregivers are randomly assigned to either a psychoeducational
intervention or to treatment as usual for 10 weeks. The psychoeducational group members
receive written and videotaped material and weekly telephone contact with a mental health
professional. After treatment, participants are evaluated for psychological distress.
Participants are reassessed after 6 months.
- Caregiver and dementia pt live in the same home
- Resident of following states: Il,IN, IO, KS, MI, MN, MO, NB,WI
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