Last updated on April 2019

Group Therapy For Dementia Caregivers At Risk For Complicated Grief


Brief description of study

The investigators are adapting Complicated Grief Group Therapy (CGGT) for soon-to-be bereaved dementia caregivers at risk for complicated griefPre-Loss Group Therapy (PLGT) to facilitate healthy death preparedness and eventual bereavement. This will be the first known application of proven therapeutic strategies to address complicated grief applied to high-risk dementia caregivers prior to care recipient death to mitigate complicated grief. If proven to be effective in attenuating poor bereavement outcomes, PLGT could be translated into comprehensive caregiver support programs and delivered to active caregivers of living persons with dementia at risk for complicated grief through community-based caregiver support groups.

Detailed Study Description

In the investigators previous evaluation of Complicated Grief Group Therapy (CGGT) in bereaved dementia caregivers (2014-NIRG-305569), CGGT was administered to participants in a prospective, randomized-controlled trial. Participants in 5 treatment groups confirmed clinically significant reduction in complicated grief on the Inventory of Complicated Grief. In that study, intervention elements suitable for adaption in a preventative care approach were identified. The investigators are adapting these elements of CGGT for soon-to-be bereaved dementia caregivers at risk for complicated griefPre-Loss Group Therapy (PLGT) to facilitate healthy death preparedness and eventual bereavement.

Specific Aims: 1) Assess preparedness for death and grief of bereaved and soon-to-be bereaved caregivers. 2) Adapt CGGT treatment elements into a manualized pre-loss preparedness group psychotherapy(PLGT)for dementia caregivers at risk for complicated grief. 3) Implement and evaluate three PLGT cohorts (NTotal = 40) in three long-term care facilities with family caregivers at-risk for complicated grief whose care recipient has a life expectancy of 6 months or less and resides in a long-term care facility.

Clinical Study Identifier: NCT03177772

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