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A GP intervention to assist the primary care and management of depression for carers of people with dementia

Prof Dimity Pond, Prof Henry Brodaty
Research Centre DCRC Assessment and Better Care
Partner Institution Centre-based
Project Description

This project adds a component aimed at carers' issues to the NHMRC funded General Practice Clinical Research project. This component aims to identify through in-depth interviews with carers their issues and concerns in relation to caring for someone with dementia, and in particular in relation to the GP care of the person with dementia and the carer themselves.

The primary objective of the project is to examine whether training GPs in carers' issues and concerns, services likely to assist carers and methods of communicating with carers improves:

  • GPs' discussion with carers of issues relating to their needs and concerns,
  • GPs' referral of carers and consumers to services based on discussion with carers,
  • carers' satisfaction with care of themselves (as opposed to the care of the consumer),
  • carers' depression, quality of life, access to Alzheimer's Australia and other support groups.
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