Efficacy of a Smartphone App Intervention for Reducing Caregiver Stress: Randomized Controlled Trial
Matthew Fuller-Tyszkiewicz, Ben Richardson, Keriann Little, Samantha Teague, Linda Hartley-Clark, Tanja Capic, Sarah Khor, Robert A Cummins, Craig A Olsson, Delyse Hutchinson
JMIR Mental Health | JMIR PUBLICATIONS, INC | Published : 2020
BACKGROUND: Caregivers play a pivotal role in maintaining an economically viable health care system, yet they are characterized by low levels of psychological well-being and consistently report unmet needs for psychological support. Mobile app-based (mobile health [mHealth]) interventions present a novel approach to both reducing stress and improving well-being. OBJECTIVE: This study aims to evaluate the effectiveness of a self-guided mobile app-based psychological intervention for people providing care to family or friends with a physical or mental disability. METHODS: In a randomized, single-blind, controlled trial, 183 caregivers recruited through the web were randomly allocated to either..View full abstract
Awarded by NHMRC
The research was funded by the Deakin University-Australian Unity well-being partnership. As part of the funding agreement, a preliminary report for the study has been published . The authors gratefully acknowledge the Deakin University and Australian Unity research staff and students who assisted with data collection, study investigators not included as authors, and the study participants and their families. CO is supported by an NHMRC Fellowship, APP1175086.