We evaluated a care-coordination project assisted by a screen-phone to support and educate caregivers. A total of 113 caregivers of home-dwelling veterans with dementia were recruited to the study: 72 were white, 32 were African American and nine were Hispanic. Caregivers were assessed for burden, depression, coping, quality of life, knowledge and satisfaction. None of the outcome measures changed significantly after 12 months. Forty care-recipient and caregiver dyads responded to the 12-month telephone satisfaction survey. The respondents were more satisfied with the care-coordination (90%) aspect of the programme than the education (77%) or the monitoring (50%). The pilot project suggests that care coordination aided by screen-phones may be a useful model for caregiver support in a managed-care setting. A systematic study is now required.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Health Informatics