Satisfaction With a Family-Focused Intervention for Mild Cognitive Impairment Dyads

Yvonne Lu, Jennifer Ellis, Ziyi Yang, Michael T. Weaver, Tamilyn Bakas, Mary Austrom, Joan Haase

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Purpose: This article describes satisfaction that persons with mild cognitive impairment (PwMCI) and their caregivers had with the Daily Enhancement of Meaningful Activity (DEMA) intervention. Methods: This randomized controlled pilot study compared satisfaction (usefulness, ease of use, and acceptability) with DEMA (n = 17 dyads) to an information support (IS) control group (n = 19 dyads). Six biweekly sessions (two in person and four by telephone) were delivered by trained nurses. Data analysis included descriptive statistics, independent-sample t tests, and content analysis. Findings: PwMCI receiving DEMA rated their satisfaction significantly higher (p =.033) than did the control group; there was no difference in satisfaction between caregivers across groups. Qualitative interview data supported the usefulness, ease of use, and acceptability of DEMA for both PwMCI and caregivers. Conclusions: Results documented PwMCI's satisfaction with DEMA as implemented by nurses to support PwMCI–caregiver dyads’ engagement in meaningful activity. DEMA may need revision to increase satisfaction for caregivers. Clinical Relevance: The DEMA intervention was evaluated as useful, easy to use, and acceptable to PwMCI and their caregivers based on positive mean ratings. The study findings provide preliminary support of DEMA as a means to improve quality of life by helping to support patient and caregiver engagement in meaningful activities and problem solving.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)334-344
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Nursing Scholarship
Volume48
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2016

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Cognitive Dysfunction
Quality of Life
Interviews

Keywords

  • Cognitive impairment
  • dyad
  • family caregivers
  • meaningful activities
  • satisfaction
  • tailored intervention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)
  • Medicine(all)

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Satisfaction With a Family-Focused Intervention for Mild Cognitive Impairment Dyads. / Lu, Yvonne; Ellis, Jennifer; Yang, Ziyi; Weaver, Michael T.; Bakas, Tamilyn; Austrom, Mary; Haase, Joan.

In: Journal of Nursing Scholarship, Vol. 48, No. 4, 01.07.2016, p. 334-344.

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Lu, Yvonne ; Ellis, Jennifer ; Yang, Ziyi ; Weaver, Michael T. ; Bakas, Tamilyn ; Austrom, Mary ; Haase, Joan. / Satisfaction With a Family-Focused Intervention for Mild Cognitive Impairment Dyads. In: Journal of Nursing Scholarship. 2016 ; Vol. 48, No. 4. pp. 334-344.
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