Tele-mindfulness for family caregivers of patients with dementia

Caring for a family member with dementia is associated with chronic stress which can have negative effects on caregivers ’ mental and physical health. Family caregivers as a vulnerable marginalized population and invisible backbone of the health care system are in need of accessible and effective interventions that are tailored to their particular needs. In recent years, mindfulness-based interventions have been pro posed to improve psychological outcomes in caregivers. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the feasibility and effectiveness of a live online mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (tele-MBCT) intervention for family caregivers of people with dementia.
Source: The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry - Category: Geriatrics Authors: Tags: Poster Number: EI-26 Source Type: research

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Source: Indian Journal of Psychiatry - Category: Psychiatry Tags: Indian J Psychiatry Source Type: research
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Source: BMC Bioinformatics - Category: Bioinformatics Authors: Tags: Research Article Source Type: research
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Source: Trials - Category: General Medicine Authors: Tags: Study protocol Source Type: research
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Source: Frontiers in Psychiatry - Category: Psychiatry Source Type: research
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Source: Frontiers in Psychiatry - Category: Psychiatry Source Type: research
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Source: World of Psychology - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tags: Antidepressant Bipolar Depression General Medications Manic Episode Mood Disorder Mood Stabilizer Relapse Source Type: blogs
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Source: Aging and Mental Health - Category: Geriatrics Authors: Tags: Aging Ment Health Source Type: research
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Source: ClinicalTrials.gov - Category: Research Source Type: clinical trials
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