Journal article

Do memory clinics improve the quality of life of carers? A randomized pilot trial

D LoGiudice, W Waltrowicz, K Brown, C Burrows, D Ames, L Flicker

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF GERIATRIC PSYCHIATRY | WILEY | Published : 1999

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To determine the effects of attendance at a memory clinic on the psychosocial health of carers. DESIGN: Randomized control trial. PARTICIPANTS: Fifty community dwelling subjects with mild to moderate dementia and their carers. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Carer burden, psychological morbidity and psychosocial health related quality of life at 6 and 12 months post intervention. MAIN RESULTS: There was significant improvement in psychosocial health related quality of life of carers as measured by the psychosocial domain of the Functional Limitation Profile (FLP) at 6 months (p < 0.01), including improvement in the subgroups of alertness behaviour (p < 0.05) and social interaction (p < 0.0..

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