Internet-delivered guided self-help Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for family carers of people with dementia (iACT4CARERS): A feasibility study

Kishita, Naoko, Gould, Rebecca, Farquhar, Morag, Contreras, Milena, Van Hout, Elien, Losada, Andres, Cabrera, Isabel, Hornberger, Michael, Richmond, Erica and McCracken, Lance (2021) Internet-delivered guided self-help Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for family carers of people with dementia (iACT4CARERS): A feasibility study. Aging & Mental Health. ISSN 1360-7863

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Abstract

Objective: The feasibility of research into internet-delivered guided self-help Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for family carers of people with dementia is not known. This study assessed this in an uncontrolled feasibility study. Methods: Family carers of people with dementia with mild to moderate anxiety or depression were recruited from primary and secondary healthcare services in the UK. Participants were offered eight, guided, self-help online ACT sessions adapted for the needs of family carers of people with dementia with optional online peer support groups. Pre-defined primary indicators of success included recruitment of 30 eligible carers over six months and ≥70% completing at least two online sessions. Results: Thirty-three participants (110% of the target sample) were recruited over six months and 30 participants (91%) completed two or more sessions, and thus both indicators of success were met. Further, 70% of participants completed seven or all eight sessions, and 27% of participants were lost to follow-up, but none of the reasons for early withdrawal were related to the intervention. Conclusion: This study supports the feasibility, including recruitment and treatment completion. A full-scale trial to assess the clinical- and cost-effectiveness of the intervention including its long-term effects is warranted. Registration: ISRCTN trial registration 18956412

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: cbt,caregivers,ehealth,mindfulness,online,web-based,phychiatric mental health,gerontology,geriatrics and gerontology,psychiatry and mental health ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/2900/2921
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Health Sciences
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Norwich Medical School
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 23 Sep 2021 01:00
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2021 00:41
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/81501
DOI: 10.1080/13607863.2021.1985966

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