Modifying repetitive verbalizations of community-dwelling patients with AD.
ABSTRACT Seven caregivers of a home-dwelling spouse with Alzheimer's disease were trained during 12 weekly home visits to implement behavior management programs including written cuing procedures in response to repetitive verbalizations. Data from 7 trained caregivers and 7 matched control caregivers who only tracked repetitive behavior were compared. Results revealed that trained caregivers were successful at decreasing patient repetitions using written cues. Patients of control subjects showed no systematic changes in behavioral disturbances due to behavior tracking. In addition, intervention effects lasted for 16 weeks or longer and several caregivers reported applying the cuing intervention to other, nontargeted behaviors. Trained caregivers' perceptions of their efficacy in managing difficult patient behavior improved significantly at the 3-month follow-up assessment when program staff were no longer visiting them weekly.
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ABSTRACT: Within the last years various interventions for cognitively impaired persons and their informal caregivers have been developed and evaluated. As different these interventions are, as different are the outcome dimensions and instruments used. There might be the potential to affect outcomes on both sides. Therefore, the aim of this review is to analyze the amount of studies that report on care recipient outcomes, to show what main outcome dimensions can be categorized, and which validated instruments are most frequently used. A systematic literature search of the electronic databases PubMed, Medline and PsycINFO was conducted. Overall 1547 studies were identified. After exclusion of duplicates and screening of titles and abstracts 162 records remained. Of those 105 would have met the inclusion criteria but 36 records (34.3%) didn’t assess any care recipient outcomes. Sixty nine studies (65.7%) reported on care recipient outcomes and were finally analyzed. The following assessments were used most in the main outcome dimensions: the Revised Memory and Behavior Problem Checklist and the Neuro-Psychiatric Inventory for problem behaviors, the Cornell Scale for Depression in Dementia for depressive symptoms, Quality of Life in Alzheimer's Disease for quality of life, the Mini Mental State Examination for cognition, and Lawton and Brody’s Instrumental Activities of Daily Living scale for activities of daily living. In dementia caregiver studies care recipient outcomes should more often be assessed. For a better comparability between interventions and target groups more homogeneity of the instruments is necessary. Instruments that are not specifically developed for cognitively impaired persons should only be used if they have been validated for persons with a comparable cognitive status.International journal of emergency mental health 03/2015; 17(2):451-426. DOI:10.4172/1522-4821.1000186
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ABSTRACT: There have been few reported studies of communication between spouses with Alzheimer's disease (AD) and related dementia. An observer rating scale for verbal and nonverbal behavior, Verbal-Nonverbal Interaction Scale for Caregivers (VNVIS-CG), was developed to study caregiver communication in couples affected by AD. Preliminary psychometric testing showed that the VNVIS-CG evidenced good reliability and validity. Researchers observed both common caregiver communication strategies and novel strategies that have not been reported in the literature. In future studies, researchers can examine the relationship between caregiver communication and indicators of mental health. Everyday conversations provide fertile ground for nurses to influence family relationships. Nurses can teach caregivers to use strategies that promote engagement and avoid those that discourage participation.Issues in Mental Health Nursing 04/2012; 33(4):244-50. DOI:10.3109/01612840.2011.653040