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Open Access Study protocol

Home-based exercise and support programme for people with dementia and their caregivers: study protocol of a randomised controlled trial

Anna-Eva Prick14*, Jacomine de Lange25, Erik Scherder3 and Anne Margriet Pot124

Author Affiliations

1 Department of Clinical Psychology, VU University Amsterdam, Van der Boechorststraat 1, 1081 BT Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2 Programme on Ageing, Netherlands Institute on Mental Health and Addiction, Da Costakade 45, 3500 AS Utrecht, The Netherlands

3 Department of Clinical Neuropsychology, VU University Amsterdam, Van der Boechorststraat 1, 1081 BT Amsterdam, The Netherlands

4 Mental Health, EMGO+-Institute: Institute for Health and Care Research, Van der Boechorststraat 7, 1081 BT Amsterdam, The Netherlands

5 Rotterdam University, Museumpark 40, 3015 CX Rotterdam, The Netherlands

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BMC Public Health 2011, 11:894  doi:10.1186/1471-2458-11-894

Published: 25 November 2011

Abstract

Background

Dementia affects the mood of people with dementia but also of their caregivers. In the coming years, the number of people with dementia will increase worldwide and most of them will continue to live in the community as long as possible. Home-based psychosocial interventions reducing the depressive symptoms of both people with dementia and their caregivers in their own home are highly needed.

Methods/Design

This manuscript describes the design of a Randomised Controlled Trial (RCT) of the effects of a home-based exercise and support programme for people with dementia and their caregivers. The aim is to randomly assign 156 dyads (caregiver and dementia diagnosed person) to an intervention group or a comparison group. The experimental group receives a home programme in which exercise and support for the people with dementia and their caregivers are combined and integrated. The comparison group receives a minimal intervention. Primary outcomes are physical health (people with dementia) and mood (people with dementia and caregivers). In addition, to get more insight in the working components of the intervention and the impact of the intervention on the relationship of the dyads a qualitative sub-study is carried out.

Discussion

This study aims to contribute to an evidence-based treatment to reduce depressive symptoms among people with dementia and their caregivers independently living in the community.

Trial Registration

The study has been registered at the Netherlands National Trial Register (NTR), which is connected to the International Clinical Trials Registry Platform of the WHO. Trial number: NTR1802.