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Mobile Web-based Behavioral Intervention for Improving Caregiver Well-being


This study will test a mobile web-based intervention designed to reduce dementia caregivers' distress and improve their overall well-being.

Minimum Age Maximum Age Gender Healthy Volunteers
40 Years N/A All Yes
November 1, 2018
July 31, 2023

  • English-speaking
  • Spouse or child caregiver of a person with Alzheimer's disease or related dementia
  • Providing at least 20 hours of in-home care per week
  • Mild depressive symptoms 

  • Diagnosed with a terminal illness
  • Cognitive impairment (MMSE <27)
  • Severe hypertension (>200/120 mm Hg)
  • Participating in another active caregiver intervention (other than support groups)
  • Receiving psychiatric care for serious mental illnesses such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder

Research shows that caring for people with Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia can result in high rates of depression, distress, and illness. Effective interventions have been developed, but their use at the community level has been low. To make caregiver interventions easier to access and test, researchers will study a Behavioral Activation (BA) program, which is designed to increase engagement in pleasant activities, delivered to caregivers via smartphone.

Participants will be randomly assigned to receive either a mobile BA intervention or a web-based program designed to improve coping and problem-solving skills. Participants will be assessed for depressive symptoms, positive and negative affect, well-being, and blood pressure at baseline and at 3 months, 9 months, and 15 months after the study start.

Name City State Zip Status Primary Contact
University of California San Diego
La Jolla California 92093 Recruiting Brent Mausbach, PhD

University of California, San Diego

Name Phone Email
Brent T Mausbach, PhD 858-822-7529
Igor Grant, MD 858-543-6222


Mobile Web-based Behavioral Intervention for Improving Caregiver Well-being