Use of a multiparty web based videoconference support group for family caregivers: Innovative practice

Mary Austrom, Kristin N. Geros, Kimberly Hemmerlein, Siobhan M. McGuire, Sujuan Gao, Steven A. Brown, Christopher Callahan, Daniel Clark

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Abstract

This article describes a pilot of a weekly web based videoconference support group for five caregivers of persons with dementia. All participants reported positive views of the group and videoconference medium. Improvements in caregiver anxiety, depression, and physical health scores were observed. Depression scores remained the same with difficulties experienced by the caregiver increasing slightly. Self-efficacy for controlling upsetting thoughts and responding to disruptive behavior improved but worsened slightly for obtaining respite. We concluded that web based support was a positive experience for caregivers, providing them with an acceptable, feasible, low-cost technological alternative to in person support that reduced barriers to attendance by being available in homes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)682-690
Number of pages9
JournalDementia
Volume14
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2015

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Keywords

  • acceptability
  • dementia
  • family caregivers
  • feasibility
  • technology
  • web based support group

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Use of a multiparty web based videoconference support group for family caregivers : Innovative practice. / Austrom, Mary; Geros, Kristin N.; Hemmerlein, Kimberly; McGuire, Siobhan M.; Gao, Sujuan; Brown, Steven A.; Callahan, Christopher; Clark, Daniel.

In: Dementia, Vol. 14, No. 5, 01.09.2015, p. 682-690.

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Austrom, Mary ; Geros, Kristin N. ; Hemmerlein, Kimberly ; McGuire, Siobhan M. ; Gao, Sujuan ; Brown, Steven A. ; Callahan, Christopher ; Clark, Daniel. / Use of a multiparty web based videoconference support group for family caregivers : Innovative practice. In: Dementia. 2015 ; Vol. 14, No. 5. pp. 682-690.
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