Does befriending by trained lay workers improve psychological well-being and quality of life for carers of people with dementia, and at what cost? A randomised controlled trialYear of publication: 2008
Journal Title: Health Technology Assessment
Journal Issue: Vol 12, No. 4, 2008
Author: Charlesworth, G; Shepstone, L; Wilson, E; Thalanan
Publisher: National Coordinating Centre for Health Technology
This community-based study aimed to determine whether a social support intervention (access to a befriending facilitator in addition to usual care) is effective compared with usual care alone. Also to document direct and indirect costs and cost-effectiveness. It was described as ‘The Befriending and Costs of Caring’ (BECCA) trial. Concludes only weak evidence of any beneficial effect and recommends further research into befriending interventions for carers.
Link to document: http://www.hta.ac.uk/fullmono/mon1204.pdf