Effect of multicomponent interventions on caregiver burden and depression: the REACH multisite initiative at 6-month follow-up. Academic Article uri icon


  • Meta-analysis was used to examine pooled parameter estimates of 9 active compared with 6 control conditions of the Resources for Enhancing Alzheimer's Caregiver Health (REACH) project at 6 months on caregiver burden and depressive symptoms. Associations of caregiver characteristics and outcomes were examined. For burden, active interventions were superior to control conditions (p = .022). Also, active interventions were superior to control conditions for women versus men and for caregivers with lower education versus those with higher education. For depressive symptoms, a statistically significant association of group assignment was found for Miami's family therapy and computer technology intervention (p = .034). Also, active interventions were superior to control conditions for Hispanics, nonspouses, and caregivers with lower education. Results suggest interventions should be multicomponent and tailored.

published proceedings

  • Psychol Aging

altmetric score

  • 6

author list (cited authors)

  • Gitlin, L. N., Belle, S. H., Burgio, L. D., Czaja, S. J., Mahoney, D., Gallagher-Thompson, D., ... REACH Investigators.

citation count

  • 304

complete list of authors

  • Gitlin, Laura N||Belle, Steven H||Burgio, Louis D||Czaja, Sara J||Mahoney, Diane||Gallagher-Thompson, Dolores||Burns, Robert||Hauck, Walter W||Zhang, Song||Schulz, Richard||Ory, Marcia G

publication date

  • September 2003