Effect of multicomponent interventions on caregiver burden and depression: The REACH multisite initiative at 6-month follow-up

Laura N. Gitlin, Louis D. Burgio, Diane Mahoney, Robert Burns, Song Zhang, Richard Schulz, Steven H. Belle, Sara J. Czaja, Dolores Gallagher-Thompson, Walter W. Hauck, Marcia G. Ory

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Abstract

Meta-analysis was used to examine pooled parameter estimates of 9 active compared with 6 control conditions of the Resources for Enhancing Alzheimer's Caregiver Health (REACH) project at 6 months on caregiver burden and depressive symptoms. Associations of caregiver characteristics and outcomes were examined. For burden, active interventions were superior to control conditions (p = .022). Also, active interventions were superior to control conditions for women versus men and for caregivers with lower education versus those with higher education. For depressive symptoms, a statistically significant association of group assignment was found for Miami's family therapy and computer technology intervention (p = .034). Also, active interventions were superior to control conditions for Hispanics, nonspouses, and caregivers with lower education. Results suggest interventions should be multicomponent and tailored.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)361-374
Number of pages14
JournalPsychology and Aging
Volume18
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Aging
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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