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ERIC Number: EJ756327
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Oct
Pages: 7
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-0016-9013
Dyadic Intervention for Family Caregivers and Care Receivers in Early-Stage Dementia
Whitlatch, Carol J.; Judge, Katherine; Zarit, Steven H.; Femia, Elia
Gerontologist, v46 n5 p688-694 Oct 2006
Purpose: The Early Diagnosis Dyadic Intervention (EDDI) program provides a structured, time-limited protocol of one-on-one and dyadic counseling for family caregivers and care receivers who are in the early stages of dementia. The goals and procedures of EDDI are based on previous research suggesting that dyads would benefit from an intervention that increases the care receiver's active participation in his or her care plan, develops positive communication patterns between the caregiver and care receiver, increases knowledge and understanding about available services, and assists the dyad through the emotional turbulence of a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease or other dementing condition. Design and Methods: EDDI was developed in response to research and clinical findings that suggested that care dyads in the early stages of dementia and dementia care are able to engage in a dialogue about future preferences for care, and that this discussion could address some of the uncertainty and worry experienced by each member of the dyad. As part of a feasibility trial, 31 dyads participated in the EDDI program. Measures were obtained on the intervention's implementation, including the number of sessions attended, caregiver and care receiver ratings of treatment acceptability and effectiveness, and counselor ratings of treatment effectiveness. Results: Participant and counselor evaluations of the EDDI protocol indicated that the intervention was acceptable and satisfactory to the caregivers, care receivers, and counselors, and that the intervention's goals and objectives were achievable. Implications: These findings indicate that individuals with early-stage dementia and their family caregivers are able to participate in and benefit from a structured intervention that focuses on care planning for future needs.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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