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COPE Randomised controlled trial
Home-based biobehavioural intervention reduces dependence, increases engagement of patients with dementia in the short term and improves care giver well-being and confidence
  1. Debra J Hain
  1. Christine E Lynn College of Nursing, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida, USA
  1. Correspondence to: Debra J Hain
    Christine E Lynn College of Nursing, Florida Atlantic University, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton, FL 33431, USA; dhain{at}

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A promising care giver intervention

Family caregivers of people with dementia often choose to keep their loved ones at home1 despite the many challenges that may cultivate an environment of stress. Increased caregiver stress may impede the person's ability to effectively manage environmental stimuli as they struggle to meet the needs of the person with dementia frequently neglecting self in the process.2 As the population ages and the number of people with dementia increases, there will be a critical need for more clinical trials aimed at reducing caregiver stress and burden. Gitlin and colleagues reveal the complex nature of caring for someone with dementia and also provide evidence of an intervention that addresses possible strategies to reduce care giver burden while improving the well-being of the person with dementia.

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The researchers tested a …

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