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Maintenance of health and relief for caregivers of elderly with dementia by using "initial case management" : Experiences from the Lighthouse Project on Dementia, Ulm, ULTDEM-study.
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PMID:  22538793     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
BACKGROUND: When facing the well-known demographic development with an increasing number of people suffering from dementia, there is a need of programmes to support nursing relatives and care at home. Many support services have been established in the past few years but they are rarely used by the relatives and the patients. The purpose of the Lighthouse Project Ulm (ULTDEM Study) was to prove the effectiveness of a single advisory approach in order to provide support services after care level classification and to relieve the burden placed on relatives caring for family members suffering from dementia ("initial case management"). METHODS: The ULTDEM Study is a prospective, open, randomized, controlled, interventional study with different parallel outcome measures (burden of caring, quality of life and mood). After the randomization, the interventional group was given comprehensive, individual advice about available treatment possibilities for dementia patients. Control group participants received standard treatment. Inclusion criteria were application of a care level (0 or 1) as well as dementia diagnosis. All participants (patients/relatives) underwent an initial and a 6 month comprehensive assessment. RESULTS: Our results show that a single advisory approach does not lead to a significant difference in outcome measures in interventional and control groups. Those tendencies described have to be interpreted as clinically not relevant. Although utilization of support services increases, it remains similar in both study groups. A confirmatory interpretation has not been possible due to a lack of adjustment to the findings regarding multiple testing and an insufficient degree of recruitment. Possible causes will be discussed such as premature intervention during the course of the disease, a lack of intervention blinding, recruitment bias and lack of an influence on adherence with regard to the use of support services. IMPLICATIONS: The study demonstrates that there is a substantial information deficit for persons affected by dementia and their relatives. Innovative ways still have to be developed to ensure that this information actually reaches the target audience.
Authors:
A Lukas; R Kilian; B Hay; R Muche; C A F von Arnim; M Otto; M Riepe; M Jamour; M D Denkinger; T Nikolaus
Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-4-28
Journal Detail:
Title:  Zeitschrift fur Gerontologie und Geriatrie     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1435-1269     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-4-27     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9506215     Medline TA:  Z Gerontol Geriatr     Country:  -    
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Languages:  GER     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Affiliation:
AGAPLESION Bethesda Klinik Ulm, Akademisches Krankenhaus der Universität Ulm, Zollernring 26-28, 89073, Ulm, Deutschland, albert.lukas@bethesda-ulm.de.
Vernacular Title:
Gesunderhaltung und Entlastung pflegender Angehöriger von Demenzkranken durch ein "initiales Case Management" : Erfahrungen aus dem Ulmer Leuchtturmprojekt Demenz (ULTDEM-Studie).
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