The Effectiveness of A Peer Support Group Program for Female Caregivers of the Elderly with Dementia Mayumi Suganuma 1 , Shizue Nitta 2 1University of Yamanashi Graduate School Department of Interdisciplinary Research 2Kameda College of Health Sciences Keyword: 認知症 , 高齢者 , 家族介護者 , 介入 , 家族看護 , dementia , elderly , family caregiver , intervention , family nursing pp.81-90
Published Date 2014/11/30
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 Purpose: The goal of the study was to examine the effectiveness of a peer support group program at a community general support center for female family caregivers of the elderly with dementia.

 Methods: Subjects were randomly assigned to an intervention group (4 centers, n=22) or a control group (4 centers, n=32) based on population aging rate in a community. Subjects in the intervention group participated in a 90-minute-program consisting of listening to the senior caregiver's experience, exchanging feelings and opinions among caregivers, and receiving professional instruction for 2 consecutive months.

 Results: In spite of the unevenness in characteristics of the subjects in the two groups, the intervention group exhibited positive significant effects on the caregiver's burden and mental health status after 1 month, but no significant effect was observed after 3 months.

 Conclusion: This study suggests that a peer support group program, consisting of exchanging feelings and opinions, in a community general support center may be effective for the improvement of the caregiver's burden and mental health status in the short-term, and may provide support both for caregivers and professionals.

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