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The purpose

The general objective of this quasi-experimental study is to assess the effectiveness of an in-home respite care program compared to a control group not receiving the same type of in-home respite on the well-being of the caregiver, the care-recipient and on the healthcare system. The latter in terms of resource use, intention to institutionalize the care-recipient and time to nursing home placement. A quasi-experimental study will be designed. The intervention group will consist of caregiver/care-recipient dyads receiving an in-home respite program called "Baluchonnage" and will be compared to a control group that doesn't receive "Baluchonnage". Comparison between the groups will be done by collecting health related and economic data. The trial will evaluate outcomes as well in the caregiver as in the care recipient (measured via the caregiver). The primary research outcome is caregiver burden. Secondary outcomes for caregivers are: health related quality of life and reactions to behavioral problems of the care-recipient. A secondary outcome related to the care-recipient is: frequency of behavioral problems. Secondary outcomes for the healthcare system are: intention to institutionalize the recipient into a nursing home and resource use of the recipient. Finally, in a follow up phase of the trial possible differences in time to nursing home placement will be measured (as well as burden and intention to institutionalize. Additionally, willingness to pay for "Baluchonnage" per day will be asked to the informal caregivers. Eventually, if the intervention is effective, modeled and trial based cost-effectiveness analyses will be undertaken in a separate economic evaluation plan.

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  • Other: in-home respite care program

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Tris trial is registered with FDA with number: NCT02630446. The sponsor of the trial is University Ghent and it is looking for 355 volunteers for the current phase.
Official trial title:
Effectiveness and Cost-effectiveness of an In-home Respite Care Program to Support Informal Caregivers of People With Dementia: a Comparative Study