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Dementia carers being sought for new study about their own stress or depression

A new study looking at whether an online therapy programme can help carers' reduce feelings of stress, anxiety or depression is recruiting.

Carers of people with dementia can take part in a new study looking at whether an online therapy programme can help reduce feelings of stress, anxiety or depression.

Researchers are looking for up to 750 carers to help assess whether the programme can effectively lessen feelings of carers distress.

University of Exeter Medical School professor of age-related diseases Clive Ballard said caring for someone with dementia could be stressful and frustrating, resulting in anxiety or depression.

Early evidence indicates that online Cognitive Behavioural Therapy could also help reduce distress in carers.

Finding answers

He added that the trial would find robust answers on whether rolling the programme out would make a difference to peoples lives.

The research is co-led by the Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust and

Carers of people with dementia can take part in a new study looking at whether an online therapy programme can help reduce feelings of stress, anxiety or depression.


Researchers are looking into how therapy could help dementia carers
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Researchers are looking for up to 750 carers to help assess whether the programme can effectively lessen feelings of carers’ distress.

University of Exeter Medical School professor of age-related diseases Clive Ballard said caring for someone with dementia could be stressful and frustrating, resulting in anxiety or depression.

‘Early evidence indicates that online Cognitive Behavioural Therapy could also help reduce distress in carers.’

Finding answers

He added that the trial would find ‘robust’ answers on whether rolling the programme out would make a difference to people’s lives.

The research is co-led by the Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust and the Alzheimer’s Society. 

The trial is recruiting until the end of April – find out more here.


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