Peer support for family carers of people with dementia, alone or in combination with group reminiscence in a factorial design: study protocol for a randomised controlled trial.

Georgina Charlesworth, Karen Burnell, Jennifer Beecham, Zoe Hoare, Juanita Hoe, Martin Knapp, Ian Russell, Jennifer Wenborn, Bob Woods, Martin Orrell

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Abstract

Background: Peer support interventions can improve carer well-being and interventions that engage both the carer and person with dementia can have significant mutual benefits. Existing research has been criticised for inadequate rigour of design or reporting. This paper describes the protocol for a complex trial that evaluates one-to-one peer support and a group reminiscence programme, both separately and together, in a factorial design.
Design: A 2 × 2 factorial multi-site randomised controlled trial of individual peer support and group reminiscence interventions for family carers and people with dementia in community settings in England, addressing both effectiveness and cost-effectiveness.
Discussion: The methods described in this protocol have implications for research into psychosocial interventions, particularly complex interventions seeking to test both individual and group approaches.
Trial Registration: ISRCTN37956201
Original languageEnglish
Article number205
JournalTrials
Volume12
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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    Charlesworth, G., Burnell, K., Beecham, J., Hoare, Z., Hoe, J., Knapp, M., Russell, I., Wenborn, J., Woods, B., & Orrell, M. (2011). Peer support for family carers of people with dementia, alone or in combination with group reminiscence in a factorial design: study protocol for a randomised controlled trial. Trials, 12, [205].