Caring for Caregivers (C4C): study protocol for a pilot feasibility randomised control trial of Positive Written Disclosure for older adult caregivers of people with psychosis

Hazell, Cassie, Jones, Christina, Hayward, Mark, Bremner, Stephen, O'Connor, Daryl, Pinfold, Vanessa and Smith, Helen (2017) Caring for Caregivers (C4C): study protocol for a pilot feasibility randomised control trial of Positive Written Disclosure for older adult caregivers of people with psychosis. Pilot and Feasibility Studies, 3 (63). ISSN 2055-5784

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Abstract

Background:
The caregivers of people who experience psychosis are themselves at risk of developing physical and
mental health problems. This risk is increased for older adult caregivers who also have to manage the lifestyle and
health changes associated with ageing. As a consequence, older adult caregivers are in particular need of support;
we propose a Written Emotional Disclosure (WED) intervention, called Positive Written Disclosure (PWD).
Methods/design:
This is a pilot randomised controlled trial of PWD compared to a neutral writing control and a no
writing condition. We aim to recruit 60 participants, 20 in each arm. This study will utilise a mixed-methods
approach and collect quantitative (questionnaires) and qualitative (interviews) data. Quantitative data will be
collected at baseline and 1, 3, and 6 months post baseline. Participants who complete a writing task (PWD or
neutral writing control) will be invited to complete an exit interview to discuss their experiences of the intervention
and study. The study is supported by a patient and public involvement group.
Discussion:
The results of this trial will determine whether a definitive trial is justified. If so, the quantitative and
qualitative findings will be used to refine the intervention and study protocols.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: Brighton and Sussex Medical School > Clinical and Experimental Medicine
Brighton and Sussex Medical School > Primary Care and Public Health
School of Psychology > Psychology
Depositing User: Christina Jones
Date Deposited: 04 Dec 2017 14:28
Last Modified: 04 Dec 2017 14:28
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/71787

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