This study aims to investigate the effects of an online dementia education course on carers’ stress, and whether stress can be reduced by providing dementia education and engagement in a course with participants with similar experiences of care. The study also aims to examine whether participation in dementia education can lead to improved quality of life for dementia carers and people with dementia for whom they care. The effects of education will be examined using a Randomised Controlled Trial (RCT) design where those completing the online course will be compared with a comparison group that receives different information.
We are seeking carers of people living with dementia to participate in this research study, who are:
- Currently living in Australia
- Aged 18 and older
- A primary carer of a person living with dementia
- Living in the same household as the person with dementia you care for
- Familiar with using Internet-based resources in English and have access to a device suitable for engaging with Internet-based information
- With no previous formal education in dementia (including online courses)
- Without neurological and/or psychiatric conditions
Participation involves completing an online questionnaire about caring for a family member with dementia. You will then receive information on dementia either through an online course or via emails over 7 weeks. After completing the course, you will be invited to repeat the online questionnaires and again 6 months later. You will also have the opportunity to provide feedback on the course via a phone interview.
For further information about the study, visit: https://www.utas.edu.au/wicking/rested.
This research has been approved by the Tasmania Health and Medical Human Research Ethics Committee, approval number H0018268.