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The Chronic Grief Management Intervention Study

Clinical Trial Title: 
The Chronic Grief Management Intervention: An online video group (CGMI-V) study will test an intervention designed to help caregivers after placing a family member in a long-term care facility.
Clinical Trial Protocol ID: 
Clinical Trial Investigator Name: 
Olimpia Paun, PhD, PMHCNS-BC
Clinical Trial Protocol Description: 

The purpose of this study is to test how an online group-based intervention affects dementia caregivers whose family members live in long term care facilities. The study aims to improve caregivers’:

  1. Knowledge about late-stage dementia.
  2. Communication and conflict resolution skills.
  3. Skills managing their reactions to loss, including chronic grief. 

Caregivers will be randomly assigned (like the toss of a coin) to either receive the 8-week group-based Chronic Grief Management Intervention-Video-streamed online (CGMI-V) or to a minimal treatment condition. Caregivers in the CGMI-V condition will participate in an online video group for 8 consecutive weeks in up to 60-minute sessions. Caregivers in the minimal treatment will receive written information about late-stage Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia (ADRD) only. All caregivers will take part in 3 assessments over the phone at baseline, 8, and 24 weeks.

Length of participation is 24 weeks. Payment for participation is available.

Clinical Trial Eligibility Criteria: 

In order to participate you must meet the following criteria:

  • Are 21 years of age or older.
  • Are a caregiver to a person with a documented diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease or a Related Dementia (ADRD) residing in any type of unit in a long term care facility
  • Are able to read and speak English.
  • Have basic computer literacy and in-home internet access.

You will be excluded from the study if any of the following criteria apply to you:

  • Are a caregiver to a person who does not have a diagnosis of dementia.
  • Are currently attending support group for grief management.

This is a partial list of elgibility requirements.

Clinical Trial Area: 
Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias
Contact Phone: 
(312) 942-6996 and (312) 942-7888
Contact Name: 
Dr. Olimpia Paun and Ilse Salinas