A home-based training program improves Taiwanese family caregivers' quality of life and decreases their risk for depression: A randomized controlled trial

Li-Min Kuo, Huei Ling Huang, Hsiu Li Huang, Jersey Liang, Yi Chen Chiu, Sien Tsong Chen, Yam Ting Kwok, Wen Chuin Hsu, Yea Ing L Shyu

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Abstract

Objectives Little is known about the longitudinal effects of training programs on family caregivers' health-related quality of life (HRQoL) and depressive symptoms over time. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to examine the effects of a home-based caregiver training program on HRQoL and depressive symptoms for family caregivers of older persons with dementia. Methods Outcomes (caregivers' HRQoL and depressive symptoms) were assessed before the training program (baseline), and at 2 weeks, 3 months, and 6 months afterwards. HRQoL was measured using the Medical Outcomes Study 36-item Short Form Survey, Taiwan version. Depressive symptoms were measured using the Chinese version Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale. Results Family caregivers who received the individualized home-based training program had better health outcomes in bodily pain (b = 12.37, p <0.013), role disability due to emotional problems (b = 17.74, p <0.013), vitality (b = 12.40, p <0.001), better mental summary score (b = 5.14, p <0.003), and decreased risk for depression (odds ratio = 0.15, confidence interval = 0.04-0.65, p <0.013) than those in the control group during the 6 months following the training program. Conclusion Our home-based caregiver training program improved caregivers' HRQoL, especially role limitations due to emotional problems, and decreased their risk for depression.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)504-513
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
Volume28
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2013
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • behavioral symptoms
  • dementia
  • depression
  • health-related quality of life
  • home-based caregiver training program

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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