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Befriending carers of people with dementia: randomised controlled trial
Abstract
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effectiveness of a voluntary sector based befriending scheme in improving psychological wellbeing and quality of life for family carers of people with dementia. DESIGN: Single blind randomised controlled trial. SETTING: Community settings in East Anglia and London. PARTICIPANTS: 236 family carers of people with primary progressive dementia. INTERVENTION: Contact with a befriender facilitator and offer of match with a trained lay volunteer befriender compared with no befriender facilitator contact; all participants continued to receive "usual care." MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Carers' mood (hospital anxiety and depression scale-depression) and health related quality of life (EuroQoL) at 15 months post-randomisation. RESULTS: The intention to treat analysis showed no benefit for the intervention "access to a befriender facilitator" on the primary outcome measure or on any of the secondary outcome measures. CONCLUSIONS: In common with many carers' services, befriending schemes are not taken up by all carers, and providing access to a befriending scheme is not effective in improving wellbeing. Trial registration Current CONTROLLED TRIALS: ISRCTN08130075.
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