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The impact of an online support forum for carers of people with dementia

McKechnie, IV; (2013) The impact of an online support forum for carers of people with dementia. Doctoral thesis , UCL (University College London). Green open access

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Abstract

This thesis addresses computer-mediated interventions for carers of people with dementia and is comprised of three parts. Part 1 is a literature review of computer-mediated interventions for carers of people with dementia. It systematically reviews research studies in this field published after January 2000. Part 2, the empirical paper, is a mixed-methods evaluation of Talking Point, the UK Alzheimer’s Society’s online peer support forum for carers of people with dementia. Changes in new users’ depression, anxiety and quality of the relationship with the person with dementia are examined over a 12 week period, and follow-up qualitative interviews are conducted with eight participants. Part 3 is a critical appraisal of, and reflection on, the research and the manner in which it was conducted. It focuses on the following areas: issues in the evaluation of interventions for carers of people with dementia; the challenges of conducting research in a non-face-to-face context; the interview process; the extent of conclusions that can be drawn from the research and; future research.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Title: The impact of an online support forum for carers of people with dementia
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: Third party copyright material has been removed from the e-thesis
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1410117
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