Hong Kong Med J 2014;20(Suppl 3):S30-3
Telephone-assisted pleasant-event scheduling to enhance well-being of caregivers of people with dementia: a randomised controlled trial
A Au, MK Wong, LM Leung, P Leung, A Wong
Applied Social Sciences, Hong Kong Polytechnic University
1. This randomised controlled trial on 60 family caregivers of people with dementia examined the effectiveness of telephone-assisted pleasant- event scheduling (TAPES) for enhancing the well-being of caregivers in terms of reducing depressive symptoms and enhancing self-efficacy.
2. Analysis of covariance was used to compare the TAPES and treatment-as-usual (TAU) groups. The TAPES group had significantly lower levels of depressive symptoms than the TAU group.
3. It is suggested that TAPES has the potential of developing cost-effective, accessible, and sustainable intervention and support programmes for caregivers of people with dementia.