Study protocol for a hybrid effectiveness-implementation trial of the Building Better Caregivers online workshop for rural family/friend caregivers of people living with dementia

Jasmine Santoyo-Olsson, Kate Lorig, Elizabeth Macias Romo, Maritza Luzanilla, Giselle Aguayo Ramirez, Jing Cheng, Catherine Chesla, Kenneth E. Covinsky, Leah Karliner, Dolores Gallagher Thompson, Nancy Fahrenwald, Veronica Yank

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Abstract

Introduction: Dementia caregiving is complex and disproportionally burdens caregivers living in rural areas due to fewer resources and formal support systems. There is an immediate need to identify effective, scalable, and accessible online programs to support rural caregivers' well-being. Building Better Caregivers (BBC), a possible solution, is an asynchronous online 6-week, interactive, and skills-building workshop developed for caregivers of persons with dementia. This research aims to assess the effectiveness and implementation of the BBC workshop when delivered among rural dementia caregivers in the United States. Methods: A hybrid effectiveness and implementation trial applying mixed methods will be conducted in collaboration with local, state, and national partnering organizations. Eligible participants live in a rural area of the United States, give care at least 10 h a week for a family member or friend with dementia, and have internet access. Evaluation is based on the RE-AIM framework. Effectiveness outcomes are assessed using a randomized control trial. Caregivers are randomly assigned to the BBC workshop (intervention) or attention control group. Implementation outcomes are assessed using surveys and debriefing interviews from partnering organizations and participants. The study protocol including the study design, methods of recruitment and assessment, and outcomes are described. Conclusion: This is the first known study to evaluate both the effectiveness and implementation of a caregiver support intervention under real-world conditions in rural areas. If successful, this online workshop will be a practical and acceptable approach for promoting the health and well-being of geographically isolated rural dementia caregivers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number106903
JournalContemporary Clinical Trials
Volume121
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2022

Keywords

  • Caregiver burden
  • Caregivers
  • Dementia
  • Depression
  • Effectiveness
  • Implementation
  • Internet-based intervention
  • Rural
  • Self-management intervention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology (medical)

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