Terracciano 2020

Current Status of Trial
Completed
Study Aim
Caregiver Focused
Study Design
RCT
Blinding
Unclear
Intervention type
Non-pharmacological
Intervention
Powerful Tools for Caregivers (PTC) // Usual care
Dosage and Duration
PTC is a 6-week manualized program that includes weekly 2-hour classes in a group setting facilitated by 2 trained and certified leaders. The educational program helps caregivers to enhance self-care practices and manage emotional distress. Setting and participants: Two stakeholder organizations delivered the intervention in community settings. Participants were family caregivers of individuals with dementia recruited from the community in Florida.
Absolute Number of Participants
60
Primary outcomes
Caregiver burden // Behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD) of the care recipient
Key Points
"Intent-to-treat analyses found PTC reduced caregiver burden (d = -0.48) and depressive symptoms (d = -0.53), and increased self-confidence (d = 0.68), but found no significant benefit for behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia in care recipients. PTC was rated highly by participants and program attrition was low, with 94% of caregivers completing at least 4 of the 6 classes. Conclusions and implications: Although no significant effects were found for behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia, this trial supports the effectiveness of PTC to improve caregiver outcomes as delivered in the community." Terracciano 2020