Table 3

Rates of participation (95% confidence intervals) in a flexible, multifaceted intervention for mild Alzheimer's disease.

Patient

(n = 157)

Caregiver

(n = 157)

Network

(n = 157)


Constructivist counselling

Initial meeting

1.00

0.99 (0.98;1.00)

0.05 (0.02;0.09)

1st follow-up meeting

0.84 (0.78;0.90)

0.85 (0.79;0.92)

0.05 (0.02;0.09)

2nd follow-up meeting

0.78 (0.72;0.85)

0.78 (0.72;0.85)

0.05 (0.02;0.09)

Network meeting

0.32 (0.25;0.39)

0.32 (0.25;0.40)

0.29 (0.22;0.36)

Final meeting

0.83 (0.78;0.89)

0.82 (0.76;0.87)

0.09 (0.04;0.13)

Telephone counselling2

0.36 (0.28;0.43)

0.80 (0.73;0.86)

Not applicable

Courses

1st session

0.84 (0.78;0.90)

0.83 (0.77;0.89)

0.24 (0.17;0.30)

2nd session

0.83 (0.77;0.89)

0.82 (0.76;0.88)

0.25 (0.19;0.32)

3rd session

0.76 (0.70;0.83)

0.77 (0.70;0.84)

0.25 (0.18;0.32)

4th session

0.76 (0.70;0.83)

0.75 (0.68;0.82)

0.17 (0.10;0.23)

5th session

0.76 (0.70;0.83)

0.74 (0.66;0.80)

0.18 (0.12;0.25)

Participated in at least 3 counsellings3

0.88 (0.83;0.93)

0.91 (0.87;0.96)

0.05 (0.01;0.09)

Participated in at least 3 courses3

0.81 (0.75;0.87)

0.80 (0.74;0.87)

0.25 (0.18;0.31)


Mean duration of intervention (days)

210 (198;225)


Participation in individual meetings and sessions was determined by the individual's needs and preferences, which were assessed by the counsellor and participant in collaboration. Target rates were thus not necessarily 1.00 and for that reason the conventional terminology of compliance is avoided.

1A network comprised one to four persons but is considered here as one unit. Except for the network meetings, networks were not invited to attend counselling or courses; some participated in selected sessions, however. 2Either the patient or the caregiver, or both, could register for calls.3Participation in three sessions of constructivist counselling (of which at least two were face-to-face, not telephone) or courses was considered a high degree of concordance, given the flexible nature of the intervention.

S√łgaard et al. BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:215   doi:10.1186/1472-6963-9-215

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