Caregiver Intervention Database

Group mental health intervention (Cheng/Chan)

Mental Health

Group intervention targeting knowledge and treatment of the illness, management of symptoms and medication, dealing with crisis, mental health services, communication and problem-solving skills, and stress-coping skills. Occurred in 10 weekly 2-hr sessions based on Atkinson and Coia's program framework.

Mutual support group (Chien)

Mental Health

3-month mutual support group meeting weekly for 2 hr/week led by psychiatric nurse and peer leader; routine psychiatric outpatient services. Principles guiding intervention (based on previous family caregiver support interventions): (1) sharing personal data (2) fostering problem-solving, (3) encouraging discussion of taboo areas, (4) fostering a sense of "all-in-the-same boat", (5) encouraging mutual support, and (6) providing opportunities of individual problem solving.

Structured weekly supportive intervention groups (Chou)

Mental Health

Structured supportive intervention groups meeting weekly for 8 1.5 hour sessions co-led by trained psychiatric nurse. Sessions included principles such as encouraging ventilation, validation of similar caregiving experiences, affirmation, praise, and support and understanding for those struggling with difficult situations. Also disseminated information. Guided by Caregiver Support Group Procedure Manuals (CSGPM).

Journey of Hope education course (Pickett-Schenk)

Mental Health

Family-led (trained volunteer) 8 week manual-led education course, Journey of Hope. Course designed by professionals and participants met weekly for 1.5-2 hours/ week. Goals of the course include: disease education (e.g. how to recognize signs of relapse, biological basis of disease), communication skills, coping skills, interacting with the health care system, caregiver self-care, how to develop empathy for relative.

Psychoeducational family approach with family education (Ran)

Mental Health

Psychoeducational family approach with family education once per month for 9 mo. (1.5-3hrs), Family workshops every 3 months, and crisis intervention when necessary. Family education taught basic knowledge of mental diseases, treatment and rehabilitation, based on the vulnerability-stress model. Advice and information tailored to patient status. During workshops, questions were discussed and relatives shared the experiences of caring for patients.