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The feasibility and acceptability of a psychosocial intervention to support people with dementia with Lewy bodies and family care partners.

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Alison Killen, Dr Darren Flynn, Dr Nicki O'Brien, Professor John-Paul TaylorORCiD



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DesignThe design was non-randomised with all participants receiving the intervention.SettingThe setting was a Memory Assessment and Management Service in the Northeast of England.ParticipantsParticipants comprised 19 dyads consisting of a person with DLB and a family care partner.InterventionThe intervention was group-based, with weekly sessions attended for up to four successive weeks. It was informed by Social Cognitive Theory.MeasurementsData were collected on recruitment, attendance and attrition, self-efficacy, mood, stress and participant experience.ResultsRecruitment was achieved with minimal attrition and three successive groups were delivered. Care partners felt more in control and able to cope in at least 3 of 13 areas with 73% feeling this way in eight or more areas. Three themes were identified from post-intervention interviews: people like us, outcomes from being a group member and intervention design.ConclusionsA DLB-specific group intervention is acceptable to people with DLB and family care partners, and recruitment is feasible within a specialist service. Participation may enhance understanding of this condition and reduce social isolation. It may improve care partners’ coping capability particularly if targeted towards those with low prior understanding of DLB and more stress. Means of evaluating outcomes for people with DLB need further development.

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Author(s): Killen A, Flynn D, O'Brien N, Taylor JP

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Dementia

Year: 2022

Volume: 21

Issue: 1

Pages: 77-93

Print publication date: 01/01/2022

Online publication date: 25/06/2021

Acceptance date: 31/05/2021

Date deposited: 22/12/2021

ISSN (print): 1471-3012

ISSN (electronic): 1741-2684

Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd.


DOI: 10.1177/14713012211028501


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NIHR Newcastle Biomedical Research Centre (BRC)