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Telephone Therapy for Alzheimer's Caregivers

Recruiting

This study will test the effectiveness of the Telephone Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Intervention for Caregivers (TACTICs), a phone-based behavioral intervention. The intervention is designed to reduce anxiety and psychological distress in dementia caregivers.  

Minimum Age Maximum Age Gender Healthy Volunteers
21 Years N/A All Yes
March 24, 2020
April 2021
50

  • Able to communicate in English
  • Able to provide informed consent
  • Listed as the primary caregiver in the medical chart of a patient with Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia
  • Self-identifies as the primary caregiver for a person living with Alzheimer's disease or related dementia  
  • Intends to continue caregiving for person living with Alzheimer's disease or related dementia for 12 months
  • Elevated anxiety [score of 10 or higher on Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)-7]

  • Not a family member of the person living with Alzheimer's disease or related dementia
  • Caregiver diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease or related dementia, or other serious mental illness diagnosis such as bipolar or schizophrenia, as determined by study sponsor

Caregivers of adults with dementia report higher distress, including anxiety and depressive symptoms, burden, and existential suffering, than caregivers of people with other chronic diseases.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a behavioral intervention designed to increase psychological flexibility in the face of challenges. Results from our recent proof-of-concept study suggest that ACT is effective in reducing anxiety and associated psychological distress in dementia caregivers.

This study will test the effectiveness of TACTICs, a phone-based version of the ACT intervention, to reduce anxiety and associated psychological distress in dementia caregivers. TACTICs study participants will be randomly assigned to receive either six weekly, one-hour telephone-based ACT sessions or minimally enhanced usual care.

Name City State Zip Status Primary Contact
Regenstrief Institute, Inc.
Indianapolis Indiana 46202 Recruiting Patrick V Stutz, BA
317-274-9484
pstutz@iupui.edu

Indiana University

  • Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute
  • Regenstrief Institute, Inc.

Name Role Affiliation
Shelley A Johns, PsyD Principal Investigator Indiana University

Name Phone Email
Patrick V Stutz, BA 3172749484 pstutz@iupui.edu
Nicole R Fowler, PhD 3172749021 fowlern@iupui.edu

NCT04338750

Telephone Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Intervention for Caregivers of Adults With Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias (TACTICs): A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial