Effect of multicomponent interventions on caregiver burden and depression: the REACH multisite initiative at 6-month follow-up

Psychol Aging. 2003 Sep;18(3):361-74. doi: 10.1037/0882-7974.18.3.361.

Abstract

Meta-analysis was used to examine pooled parameter estimates of 9 active compared with 6 control conditions of the Resources for Enhancing Alzheimer's Caregiver Health (REACH) project at 6 months on caregiver burden and depressive symptoms. Associations of caregiver characteristics and outcomes were examined. For burden, active interventions were superior to control conditions (p = .022). Also, active interventions were superior to control conditions for women versus men and for caregivers with lower education versus those with higher education. For depressive symptoms, a statistically significant association of group assignment was found for Miami's family therapy and computer technology intervention (p = .034). Also, active interventions were superior to control conditions for Hispanics, nonspouses, and caregivers with lower education. Results suggest interventions should be multicomponent and tailored.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Meta-Analysis
  • Multicenter Study
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Caregivers*
  • Cost of Illness*
  • Dementia / therapy*
  • Depression / etiology*
  • Educational Status
  • Family Health
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Hispanic Americans
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Sex Factors
  • Stress, Psychological*