The effect of a personalized dementia care intervention for caregivers from Australian minority groups

Dongxia Xiao, Anita De Bellis, Helena Kyriazopoulos, Brian Draper, Shahid Ullah

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    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.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)57-67
    Number of pages11
    JournalAmerican Journal of Alzheimer's Disease & Other Dementias
    Volume31
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2016

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