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Positive effects of a cognitive-behavioral intervention program for family caregivers of demented elderly.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE

It was to examine the effects of a Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) program administered to family caregivers of dementia patients.

METHODS

Forty family caregivers were enrolled in a CBT intervention across eight weekly sessions. Cognitive, functional and behavioral status of patients were evaluated, as well as their own and their family caregivers' perceptions of quality of life. Specific instruments were also applied to evaluate caregiver stress level, coping, anxiety and depression.

RESULTS

At the end of the program, family caregivers reported fewer neuropsychiatric symptoms among patients and an improvement in patients' quality of life. In addition, caregivers changed their coping strategies, whereas a significant decrease was observed in their anxiety levels.

CONCLUSION

The CBT program employed appears to be a promising and useful tool for clinical practice, displaying positive effects on quality of life and neuropsychiatric symptoms of dementia, as well as proving beneficial for alleviating anxiety and stress in family caregivers.

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    Arquivos de neuro-psiquiatria 70:10 2012 Oct pg 786-92

    MeSH

    Adaptation, Psychological
    Adult
    Aged
    Aged, 80 and over
    Anxiety
    Caregivers
    Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
    Dementia
    Depression
    Educational Status
    Female
    Humans
    Male
    Middle Aged
    Quality of Life

    Pub Type(s)

    Journal Article
    Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

    Language

    eng

    PubMed ID

    23060105

    Citation

    Fialho, Patrícia Paes Araujo, et al. "Positive Effects of a Cognitive-behavioral Intervention Program for Family Caregivers of Demented Elderly." Arquivos De Neuro-psiquiatria, vol. 70, no. 10, 2012, pp. 786-92.
    Fialho PP, Köenig AM, Santos MD, et al. Positive effects of a cognitive-behavioral intervention program for family caregivers of demented elderly. Arq Neuropsiquiatr. 2012;70(10):786-92.
    Fialho, P. P., Köenig, A. M., Santos, M. D., Barbosa, M. T., & Caramelli, P. (2012). Positive effects of a cognitive-behavioral intervention program for family caregivers of demented elderly. Arquivos De Neuro-psiquiatria, 70(10), pp. 786-92.
    Fialho PP, et al. Positive Effects of a Cognitive-behavioral Intervention Program for Family Caregivers of Demented Elderly. Arq Neuropsiquiatr. 2012;70(10):786-92. PubMed PMID: 23060105.
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    TY - JOUR T1 - Positive effects of a cognitive-behavioral intervention program for family caregivers of demented elderly. AU - Fialho,Patrícia Paes Araujo, AU - Köenig,Anne Marise, AU - Santos,Maria Dolores Lemos dos, AU - Barbosa,Maira Tonidandel, AU - Caramelli,Paulo, PY - 2012/05/27/received PY - 2012/06/12/accepted PY - 2012/10/13/entrez PY - 2012/10/13/pubmed PY - 2013/5/7/medline SP - 786 EP - 92 JF - Arquivos de neuro-psiquiatria JO - Arq Neuropsiquiatr VL - 70 IS - 10 N2 - OBJECTIVE: It was to examine the effects of a Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) program administered to family caregivers of dementia patients. METHODS: Forty family caregivers were enrolled in a CBT intervention across eight weekly sessions. Cognitive, functional and behavioral status of patients were evaluated, as well as their own and their family caregivers' perceptions of quality of life. Specific instruments were also applied to evaluate caregiver stress level, coping, anxiety and depression. RESULTS: At the end of the program, family caregivers reported fewer neuropsychiatric symptoms among patients and an improvement in patients' quality of life. In addition, caregivers changed their coping strategies, whereas a significant decrease was observed in their anxiety levels. CONCLUSION: The CBT program employed appears to be a promising and useful tool for clinical practice, displaying positive effects on quality of life and neuropsychiatric symptoms of dementia, as well as proving beneficial for alleviating anxiety and stress in family caregivers. SN - 1678-4227 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/23060105/Positive_effects_of_a_cognitive_behavioral_intervention_program_for_family_caregivers_of_demented_elderly_ L2 - http://www.scielo.br/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S0004-282X2012001000007&lng=en&nrm=iso&tlng=en DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -