Does the Program replace existing programs and treatments?
The program will not conflict with existing programs or treatment. It is designed to enhance caregiving skill for family caregivers.
How was the Program developed and evaluated?
Building Better Caregivers was originally designed as an online program for the U.S. Veterans Administration. Recently we have adapted the on-line program for use in face-to-face groups. It has undergone a one year longitudinal study in 4 sites in California and in Ohio. The program was found to lower caregiver stress and depression, as well as care partner’s health care utilization. The developers of the program include Kate Lorig, Diana Laurent, Katy Plant, and health professionals from the VA system.
How can my facility offer the Program?
Web-based cross-training will be available through SMRC for those already trained in the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP). Because the program shares many of the basic techniques with the CDSMP, those new to our self-management programs must take in-person training for the CDSMP before being cross-trained in the BBC program. Training locations, dates and application can be found in the "Training" section of this website.
Outcome data for internet study reported in:
Lorig K, Thompson-Gallagher D, Traylor L, Ritter PL, Laurent DL, Plant K, Thompson LW, Hahn TJ. Building Better Caregivers: A pilot online support workshop for family caregivers of cognitively impaired adults. J Applied Gerontol June 2012;31(3):423-437. View abstract