Recruitment

Recruitment Status
Completed
Estimated Enrollment
30

Inclusion Criteria

18 years of age and older
English speaking
Have a family member or friend with dementia who resides in Long Term Care.
18 years of age and older
English speaking
Have a family member or friend with dementia who resides in Long Term Care.

Exclusion Criteria

unable to participate, in the opinion of the RN researcher
persons who are non-autonomous adults
cognitively impaired as determined by the Registered Nurse (RN) researcher
...
unable to participate, in the opinion of the RN researcher
persons who are non-autonomous adults
cognitively impaired as determined by the Registered Nurse (RN) researcher
does not have a family member or friend with dementia in Long Term Care
non-English speaking

Summary

Conditions
Dementia
Type
Interventional
Design
  • Allocation: Randomized
  • Intervention Model: Factorial Assignment
  • Masking: None (Open Label)
  • Primary Purpose: Supportive Care

Participation Requirements

Age
Between 18 years and 125 years
Gender
Both males and females

Description

Background: Hope is important for family/friends of persons with dementia residing in Long Term Care Facilities (LTC). Our research team has developed a program (Living with Hope) to increase hope and quality of life of family caregivers. The Living with Hope Program (LWHP) involves a) viewing the L...

Background: Hope is important for family/friends of persons with dementia residing in Long Term Care Facilities (LTC). Our research team has developed a program (Living with Hope) to increase hope and quality of life of family caregivers. The Living with Hope Program (LWHP) involves a) viewing the Living with Hope film which features caregivers of persons with dementia describing their hope and b) a hope activity entitled "Stories of the Present". The hope activity consists of participants writing at the end of the day about their thoughts, challenges and what gave them hope over a 4- week time period. For family caregivers of persons with advanced cancer, this LWHP has been found to increase their hope and feelings of self-efficacy (confidence in their ability to deal with difficult situations). Based on a qualitative study of hope of family caregivers of persons with dementia residing in LTC, the LWHP has been adapted to that population. A new Living with Hope film entitled "Connecting with Hope" has been produced and will be used in this pilot study. Aims: The purpose of this pilot study is to evaluate the feasibility and acceptability of the LWHP and collect preliminary data on the effectiveness of the Living with Hope Program for family members of persons with dementia residing in LTC. Sample: Shannon Stachnik (Social Worker St. Joseph's Auxiliary Hospital), Arlene Huhn (Alzheimer's Society of Alberta - Edmonton) and Anna Mann (Alberta Caregivers Association) will identify potential participants based on the inclusion criteria. They will make contact and ask if the potential participants are willing to talk with a research nurse about the study. If they agree the research nurse will contact potential participants. Inclusion criterion for participants are: a) 18 years of age and older, b) English speaking, and c) have a family member or friend with dementia who resides in LTC. The research nurse will contact potential participants and ask them when it will be a convenient time to meet with and obtain written informed consent. Design: Using a mixed-methods randomized control trial (Quantitative +qualitative) design, 30 participants will be randomly assigned to one of three groups: 1) treatment (Watching a film on hope and Stories of the Present for one month), 2) low dose group (Stories of the Present only) or 3) usual care group. In all groups, demographic information, and baseline, day 7 ,14 and one month, measures of hope (Herth Hope Index), quality of life (WHOQOL-BREF), general self-efficacy (General Self-Efficacy Scale) and guilt (Caregiver Guilt Questionnaire) will be collected by a trained research nurse. Participants in group 1 and 2 (treatment group) will be asked to describe what they were thinking about when doing the hope activities on day 7, 14 and one month using qualitative interviews. At one month all participants will be interviewed using open ended audiotaped questions to help evaluate the study procedures

Inclusion Criteria

18 years of age and older
English speaking
Have a family member or friend with dementia who resides in Long Term Care.
18 years of age and older
English speaking
Have a family member or friend with dementia who resides in Long Term Care.

Exclusion Criteria

unable to participate, in the opinion of the RN researcher
persons who are non-autonomous adults
cognitively impaired as determined by the Registered Nurse (RN) researcher
...
unable to participate, in the opinion of the RN researcher
persons who are non-autonomous adults
cognitively impaired as determined by the Registered Nurse (RN) researcher
does not have a family member or friend with dementia in Long Term Care
non-English speaking

Tracking Information

NCT #
NCT02038192
Collaborators
Not Provided
Investigators
  • Principal Investigator: Wendy D. Duggleby, PhD University of Alberta
  • Wendy D. Duggleby, PhD University of Alberta