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Columbia Nursing develops online tool to reduce stress in Hispanic caregivers of dementia patients
Date:6/11/2013

gram is co-led by Jose Luchsinger, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology at Columbia University Medical Center; and Mary Mittelman, DrPH, Professor of Psychiatry at New York University (NYU) Langone Medical Center.

The two additional NHiRP components are to: 1) conduct a 5-year longitudinal study of mid and long-term outcomes of Hispanic caregivers who participated in a randomized trial of the NYU Caregiver Intervention; and 2) create a registry of Hispanic caregivers to study socio-demographic factors in the context of caregiving-related needs.

As part of the longitudinal study, the study team will observe at 1 and 5 years whether caregivers who received the NYU Caregiver Intervention report significantly fewer depressive symptoms and less burden than caregivers who did not receive the intervention. The caregiver registry will be comprised of 300 individuals who are primarily responsible for the health care needs of a patient with dementia. A large-scale interviewed-based survey will be conducted to examine the interplay of key socio-demographic characteristics, caregiver burden, stress, and depressive symptoms. These factors will be measured against such characteristics including sex, family position, employment, acculturation, and socioeconomic status.

"Information on caregiver interventions for Hispanics is limited," says Lucero. "This research program is one of the largest studies of its kind to study the long-term effectiveness of culturally-sensitive counseling and support groups, and test a novel technology-based intervention that supports education and health management for Hispanic caregivers."


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Contact: Rachel Zuckerman
rz2274@columbia.edu
212-305-4092
Columbia University Medical Center
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