Resources for Enhancing Alzheimer's Caregiver Health, 1996-2001, Baseline and Follow-Up Data (ICPSR 3678)

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Richard, et al. Schulz, University of Pittsburgh. University Center for Social and Urban Research

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Resources for Enhancing Alzheimer's Caregiver Health (REACH) was established in 1995 to conduct social and behavioral research on interventions designed to enhance family caregiving, particularly in minority families, for persons with Alzheimer's Disease and related disorders. Baseline data (ICPSR 3253) were collected through randomized clinical trials at six sites: University of Alabama-Birmingham, The Research and Training Institute of the Hebrew Rehabilitation Center for Aged in Boston, University of Tennessee-Memphis, University of Miami, Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System and Stanford University, and Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. Interventions such as psychoeducational support groups, behavioral skills training programs, family-based systems interventions, environmental modifications, and technological computer-based information and communication services varied by site. This collection contains baseline data along with follow-up data at 6-, 12-, and 18-month intervals from each site with focus on the impact of the various intervention strategies on psychological distress, health status, health practices, and health care utilization. Also included are follow-up batteries, transition batteries (placement, bereavement, discontinued), and data reporting missed visits. Parts 1 through 5 contain screening data and responses to a short mental status questionnaire. Parts 6 through 34 contain baseline data along with follow-up data at 6, 12, and 18-month intervals and cover activities of daily living, anxiety, and caregiver health and health behaviors along with sociodemographic information. Also included are care recipient medications and sociodemographic information. Parts 35 through 40 contain tracking data and also include an examination of interventions.

Schulz, Richard. Resources for Enhancing Alzheimer’s Caregiver Health, 1996-2001, Baseline and Follow-Up Data . Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2006-09-26.

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United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Institutes of Health. National Institute on Aging
Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research

1996-09 -- 2001-02
1996-09 -- 2001-02

Convenience sample with recruitment strategies varying at each site.

Family caregivers living with persons with dementia for at least six months in Birmingham, AL, Boston, MA, Memphis, TN, Miami, FL, Palo Alto, CA, and Philadelphia, PA.

personal interview



2018-02-15 The citation of this study may have changed due to the new version control system that has been implemented. The previous citation was:
  • Schulz, Richard, et al. Resources for Enhancing Alzheimer's Caregiver Health, 1996-2001, Baseline and Follow-Up Data . ICPSR03678-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2006-09-26.

2006-09-26 Value labels have been added.

2006-03-30 File CB3678.ALL.PDF was removed from any previous datasets and flagged as a study-level file, so that it will accompany all downloads.

2005-11-04 On 2005-03-14 new files were added to one or more datasets. These files included additional setup files as well as one or more of the following: SAS program, SAS transport, SPSS portable, and Stata system files. The metadata record was revised 2005-11-04 to reflect these additions.

2003-07-03 ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Created online analysis version with question text.


  • The public-use data files in this collection are available for access by the general public. Access does not require affiliation with an ICPSR member institution.

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