Improving mood through physical activity for carers and care recipients (IMPACCT): protocol for a randomised trial

Briony Dow, Kirsten Moore, Melissa Russell, David Ames, Elizabeth Cyarto, Terrence Peter Haines, Keith Hill, Nichola Lautenschlager, Lynette Mackenzie, Susan Williams, Samantha Loi

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Introduction: Family carers play an important role in providing care for frail older Australians. Carers have increased rates of depression, burden and poor physical health compared with non-carers. Physical activity has been shown to improve outcomes; however there is limited research investigating outcomes in older carers and less on physical activity for both the carer and care recipient. Research question: Does a home-based individualised physical activity intervention designed for both the carer and care recipient improve depression severity in older carers? Participants and setting: 273 community-dwelling carers with depressive symptoms and their care recipients will be recruited for a randomised controlled trial. Baseline assessment will consist of functional, psychological, and physical measures and information about service use. Intervention and control: Participants will be randomised to receive either a physical activity program (intervention), a social support program (social control), or usual care (control). The intervention and social control groups will have five home visits over six months.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)125 - 125
Number of pages1
JournalJournal of Physiotherapy
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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