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Teaching Self-Management Skills to Improve Self-Efficacy and Quality of Life for Caregiver Dyads in TBI and Dementia Populations


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The proposed study evaluates the efficacy of WeCAN (Wellness, Coping, and Adaptation for Neurocognitive Conditions), a group-based treatment designed to teach both the patient and the caregiver (dyads) long-lasting skills to better manage the medical condition. WeCAN teaches stress management, coping, and problem-solving skills and by design, is broadly applicable to a variety of populations and roles, as wellness is the driving focus. The study involves three Sites, with a different clinical population targeted at each site. Kessler Foundation, the Coordinating Center, will enroll 60 individuals with moderate to severe TBI. Franciscan Health (Indiana) and University of Michigan are Partnering Sites, and will enroll 60 individuals with chronic remote mild TBI and 60 with mixed dementia, respectively. The research protocols at each Site will be unique to the population, but harmonized through unified project goals: 1) to evaluate the efficacy of WeCAN to improve self-efficacy and quality of life, and 2) to identify behavioral, neuroimaging, and blood biomarkers that predict treatment efficacy. It is expected that findings generated from this study will lead to improved holistic approaches for brain injury and dementia systems of care.



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