Effective caregiving approaches for patients with Alzheimer's disease

Sandy C. Burgener, Tamilyn Bakas, Cathy Murray, Jo Anne Dunahee, Susan Tossey

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To address the need for nonpharmacologic approaches to managing difficult behaviors in patients with dementia, a repeated measures design was used to test the effectiveness of educational and behavioral intervention on behavioral and functional outcomes in home-dwelling patients with dementia and their caregivers' knowledge of dementia. Baseline and 6-month postintervention data were collected for 108 subjects (54 caregiver/patient pairs) following random assignment to an intervention or comparison group. Findings included increases in caregiver knowledge in two treatment groups and patient self-care ability in one treatment group and ratings of the most effective behavioral interventions by caregivers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)121-126
Number of pages6
JournalGeriatric Nursing
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 1998


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gerontology

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Burgener, S. C., Bakas, T., Murray, C., Dunahee, J. A., & Tossey, S. (1998). Effective caregiving approaches for patients with Alzheimer's disease. Geriatric Nursing, 19(3), 121-126. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0197-4572(98)90055-6