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A Spiritually Based Caregiver Intervention With Telephone Delivery for Family Caregivers of Veterans With Dementia

BORMANN, JILL PHD, RN; WARREN, KATHLEEN A. MS, NP; REGALBUTO, LAURA LCSW; GLASER, DALE PHD; KELLY, ANN MSN, RN; SCHNACK, JUDY FNP; HINTON, LAKEMBA MS

doi: 10.1097/FCH.0b013e3181b91fd6
FEATURE TOPIC: Spirituality: Research
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Caring for veterans with dementia is burdensome for family caregivers. This exploratory study tested the efficacy of an innovative, spiritually based mantram caregiver intervention delivered using teleconference calls. A prospective, within-subjects, mixed-methods, and 3-time repeated-measures design with 36-week follow-up telephone interviews was conducted. Sixteen caregivers (94% women, 94% Whites with mean age 69.2 years, SD = 10.35 years) completed the intervention. Significant effects for time and linear terms were found for decreasing caregiver burden, perceived stress, depression, and rumination and for increasing quality of life enjoyment and satisfaction, all with large effect sizes. Findings suggest that teleconference delivery of a spiritually based caregiver intervention is feasible.

Jill Bormann, PhD, RN, Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System, and School of Nursing, San Diego State University, San Diego, California.

Kathleen A. Warren, MS, NP, Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System, San Diego, California.

Laura Regalbuto, LCSW, Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System, San Diego, California.

Dale Glaser, PhD, School of Nursing, San Diego State University, San Diego, California.

Ann Kelly, MSN, RN, Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System, and School of Health and Human Services, National University, San Diego, California.

Judy Schnack, FNP, Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System, San Diego, California.

LaKemba Hinton, MS, Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System, San Diego, California.

Address correspondence to: Jill Bormann, PhD, RN, Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System, 3350 LaJolla Village Dr 111N-1, San Diego, CA 92161 (jill.bormann@va.gov).

This material is based on the work supported by the Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration, Office of Nursing Service, and supported with resources and use of facilities at the VA San Diego Healthcare System. The authors thank Robert West, program support, for assistance in implementing the study. The contents do not represent the views of the Department of Veterans Affairs or the US government.

Editor's Note: This article is being reprinted with permission from Family & Community Health. 2009;32(4):345–353.

© 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.