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Development and evaluation of an online program for carers of people with later stage dementia

A/Prof Lee-Fay Low, Dr Jenny Fletcher
Research Centre DCRC Assessment and Better Care
Partner Institution University of Sydney, Alzheimer's Australia NSW
Project Description

This randomised controlled trial will recruit 200 carers of persons with later stage dementia and behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD).

The intervention will be an 8-week internet delivered skills based training program for management of BPSD including presenting tailored activities. Controls will receive written information about management of BPSD and access to the program after 5 months. Assessments will be conducted online at baseline, 8 weeks and 5 months.

The primary outcome will be BPSD in the person with dementia as reported by the carer using the NPI-Q. Secondary outcomes will be carer distress relating to BPSD, carer burden, improved task management strategies and confidence in using problem solving and activities.

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