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Peer support for family carers of people with dementia, alone or in combination with group reminiscence in a factorial design: study protocol for a randomised controlled trial

Charlesworth, Georgina and Burnell, Karen and Beecham, Jennifer and Hoare, Zoë and Hoe, Juanita and Wenborn, Jennifer and Knapp, Martin and Russell, Ian T and Woods, Bob and Orrell, Martin (2011) Peer support for family carers of people with dementia, alone or in combination with group reminiscence in a factorial design: study protocol for a randomised controlled trial. Trials, 12 (1). p. 205. ISSN 1745-6215

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Identification Number: 10.1186/1745-6215-12-205

Abstract

Background Peer support interventions can improve carer wellbeing and interventions that engage both the carer and person with dementia can have significant mutual benefits. Existing research has been criticised for inadequate rigour of design or reporting. This paper describes the protocol for a complex trial that evaluates one-to-one peer support and a group reminiscence programme, both separately and together, in a factorial design. Design A 2 × 2 factorial multi-site randomised controlled trial of individual peer support and group reminiscence interventions for family carers and people with dementia in community settings in England, addressing both effectiveness and cost-effectiveness. Discussion The methods described in this protocol have implications for research into psychosocial interventions, particularly complex interventions seeking to test both individual and group approaches.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.trialsjournal.com/
Additional Information: © 2011 Charlesworth et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Sets: Departments > Social Policy
Research centres and groups > Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU)
Date Deposited: 24 Oct 2011 13:35
Last Modified: 30 May 2014 15:53
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/39059

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