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Table 4 Intervention-related outcomes: evaluation of the brief telephone intervention (n = 147)

From: Brief telephone counselling is effective for caregivers who do not experience any major life events – caregiver-related outcomes of the German day-care study

Changes due to brief telephone intervention Scale Severity of cognitive decline Total
MCIa Mild dementiab Moderate dementiac
(n = 31) (n = 60) (n = 56) (n = 147)
Challenging behavioursd, no.(%) Strongly agree 14 (45.2) 31 (51.7) 20 (35.7) 65 (44.2)
Neither agree nor disagree 11 (35.5) 18 (30.0) 14 (25.0) 43 (29.3)
Strongly disagree 6 (19.4) 11 (18.3) 22 (39.3) 39 (26.5)
Own needse, no.(%) Strongly agree 15 (48.4) 27 (45.0) 19 (33.9) 61 (41.5)
Neither agree nor disagree 10 (32.3) 23 (38.3) 20 (35.7) 53 (36.1)
Strongly disagree 6 (19.4) 10 (16.7) 17 (30.4) 33 (22.4)
Dealing with important Topicsf, no.(%) Strongly agree 21 (67.7) 52 (86.7) 35 (62.5) 108 (73.5)
Neither agree nor disagree 6 (19.4) 6 (10.0) 11 (19.6) 23 (15.6)
Strongly disagree 4 (12.9) 2 (3.3) 10 (17.9) 16 (10.9)
Specific changes in care situationg, no.(%) Strongly agree 10 (32.3) 19 (31.7) 21 (37.5) 50 (34.0)
Neither agree nor disagree 5 (16.1) 7 (11.7) 8 (14.3) 20 (13.6)
Strongly disagree 16 (51.6) 34 (56.7) 27 (48.2) 77 (52.4)
  1. Cases from the intervention group with no subjective outstanding event during the 6-month intervention phase were included in the analysis 3 cases were excluded because the caregiver declined the caregiver intervention
  2. aMCI: baseline score on the Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE 30–24) & Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA) 0–22
  3. bMild dementia: baseline score on the MMSE 23–18
  4. cModerate dementia: baseline score on the MMSE 17–10
  5. d“Through counselling, I can deal better with behaviours of the person in my care that challenge me”
  6. e“Through counselling, I have learned how I can better take care of my needs”
  7. f“In the conversation, the topics that were important to me were dealt with”
  8. g“Through counselling, I have undertaken something specific to change my situation”