EVALUATE-AD and Tele-STAR: Novel methodologies for assessment of caregiver burden in a telehealth caregiver intervention - A case study

Neil W.D. Thomas, Allison Lindauer, Jeffrey Kaye

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Aims: We explored the relationship between objective and subjective measures of burden prior to and after a telehealth-based caregiver intervention. One caregiver participated in two studies, one to assess the feasibility of objective, home-based monitoring (EVALUATE-AD), the second to assess the feasibility of a caregiver education telehealth-based intervention, Tele-STAR. Methods: Subjective measures of burden and depression in Tele-STAR and objective measures related to daily activities of the caregiver in EVALUATE-AD were compared to examine trends between the different outcome measures. Results: While the caregiver reported an increase in distressing behaviors by her partner, burden levels did not significantly change during or after the Tele-STAR intervention, while objective measures of activity and sleep showed a slight decline. Conclusion: Unobtrusive home-based monitoring may provide a novel, objective method to assess the effectiveness of caregiver intervention programs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)176-184
Number of pages9
JournalDementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 1 2019



  • Caregiver burden

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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