The feasibility and efficacy of technology-based support groups among family caregivers of persons with dementia

Sara J. Czaja, Richard Schulz, Dolores Perdomo, Sankaran N. Nair

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Abstract

With the aging of the population the numbers of people with a chronic condition such as Alzheimer's disease (AD) are expected to increase. Most people with a chronic condition, such as AD, are cared for by a family member. Although caregiving can be rewarding many caregivers experience emotional distress and physical comorbidities. In this regard, there a broad range of interventions aimed at decreasing caregiver stress. Despite the proliferation of these interventions they have only met with limited success for a variety of reasons. Information technology offers the potential of enhancing the ability of caregivers to access needed services and programs. This paper evaluated the feasibility and efficacy of technology-based psychosocial intervention for family caregivers of AD patients. Overall, the results indicated that the caregivers were enthusiastic about the program, found the technology easy to use, and indicated that the intervention enhanced their access to resources, support and caregiving skills.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationComputers Helping People with Special Needs - 14th International Conference, ICCHP 2014, Proceedings
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Pages455-458
Number of pages4
EditionPART 1
ISBN (Print)9783319085951
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014
Event14th International Conference on Computers Helping People with Special Needs, ICCHP 2014 - Paris, France
Duration: Jul 9 2014Jul 11 2014

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
NumberPART 1
Volume8547 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Other

Other14th International Conference on Computers Helping People with Special Needs, ICCHP 2014
CountryFrance
CityParis
Period7/9/147/11/14

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Keywords

  • Caregiving
  • Dementia Patients
  • Technology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Theoretical Computer Science

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Czaja, S. J., Schulz, R., Perdomo, D., & Nair, S. N. (2014). The feasibility and efficacy of technology-based support groups among family caregivers of persons with dementia. In Computers Helping People with Special Needs - 14th International Conference, ICCHP 2014, Proceedings (PART 1 ed., pp. 455-458). (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics); Vol. 8547 LNCS, No. PART 1). Springer Verlag. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-08596-8_71