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Psycho-educational support for relatives of people with a recent diagnosis of mild to moderate dementia: Evaluation of a 'Course for Carers'

Milne, Alisoun, Guss, Reinhard, Russ, Andrew (2014) Psycho-educational support for relatives of people with a recent diagnosis of mild to moderate dementia: Evaluation of a 'Course for Carers'. Dementia, 13 (6). pp. 768-787. ISSN 1471-3012. (doi:10.1177/1471301213485233) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:51222)

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Abstract

Currently there are 820,000 people with dementia in the UK, a figure projected to reach 1.7 million by 2050. Policy and practice emphasis on early intervention in dementia and support of family carers foreground a need to explore service efficacy for relatives of those with a recent diagnosis. Existing evidence suggests that psycho-educational interventions can significantly enhance carer well being especially when well targeted and group based. A rolling programme of seven psycho-educational Courses for ‘new carers’ in one area of England was the subject of a systematic evaluation incorporating a quantitative rating scale and qualitative data. Findings suggest that the Courses achieved a number of intersecting aims: they provided psychological support; offered advice; enhanced coping skills; boosted confidence; increased knowledge; and prepared the carer for the future. That the Courses were designed and delivered by specialist staff – primarily psychologists, offered a social dimension, were time limited and free are noteworthy features. The evaluation suggests that as a model the Course has considerable short and longer term preventive potential; also that it could be replicated elsewhere in the country and achieve similar outcomes.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1177/1471301213485233
Uncontrolled keywords: carers groups for relatives of people with a recent dementia diagnosis psycho-educational support service evaluation
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Annikki Laitinen
Date Deposited: 23 Oct 2015 10:37 UTC
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2019 10:39 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/51222 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Milne, Alisoun: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0977-8156
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