Resources for Enhancing Alzheimer's Caregiver Health (REACH II), 2001-2004 (ICPSR 4354)

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Richard Schulz, University of Pittsburgh. University Center for Social and Urban Research; Louis Burgio, University of Alabama. Applied Gerontology Program; Alan B. Stevens, Texas A&M University. Health Science Center. College of Medicine; Robert Burns, Memphis Veterans Affairs Medical Center; Sara Czaja, University of Miami. Miller School of Medicine. Center on Aging; Dolores Gallagher Thompson, Stanford University. Stanford School of Medicine. Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences; Laura N. Gitlin, Thomas Jefferson University. School of Health Professions. Center for Applied Research on Aging and Health; Steven Belle, University of Pittsburgh. Graduate School of Public Health. Department of Epidemiology; Linda Nichols, Memphis Veterans Affairs Medical Center

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REACH II, 2001-2004

Built upon the findings of RESOURCES FOR ENHANCING ALZHEIMER'S CAREGIVER HEALTH, 1996-2001, BASELINE AND FOLLOW-UP DATA [ICPSR 3678], REACH II designed and tested a single multi-component intervention among family caregivers of persons with Alzheimer's disease or related disorders. The overall objectives were (1) to identify and reduce modifiable risk factors among diverse family caregivers of patients with Alzheimer's Disease or a related disorder, (2) to enhance the quality of care provided to the care recipients, and (3) to enhance the well-being of the caregivers. REACH II is the first project to simultaneously test a comprehensive caregiver intervention in three distinct racial/ethnic groups: Hispanic/Latino, Black/African-American, and White/Caucasian. The intervention was based on a risk-appraisal approach in which five areas of risk--depression, burden, self-care, social support, and patient problem behaviors--that are central to caregiver well-being and quality of life were matched to corresponding intervention components. These components included education, skills to manage troublesome care-recipient behaviors, social support, cognitive strategies for reframing negative emotional responses, and strategies for enhancing healthy behaviors and managing stress. Consistent with this approach, the primary outcome was a multivariate quality of life indicator that assessed caregiver depression, burden, self-care, social support, and patient problem behaviors. Two hallmarks of caregiver intervention studies--caregiver clinical depression and patient institutionalization--were assessed as secondary outcomes. The dataset names listed in this collection include the shortened name of the form administered.

Schulz, Richard, Burgio, Louis, Stevens, Alan B., Burns, Robert, Czaja, Sara, Gallagher Thompson, Dolores, … Nichols, Linda. Resources for Enhancing Alzheimer’s Caregiver Health (REACH II), 2001-2004. Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2006-10-27.

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United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Institutes of Health. National Institute on Aging (AG13265)
Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research
2001 -- 2004
2001 -- 2004
  1. All datasets can be linked using the variable: ID. Dataset 1 (AE: Caregiver/Care Recipient Acute Baseline Alerts/Adverse Events) can be linked to Dataset 2 (AF: Acute Baseline Alerts/Adverse Events Follow-Up Report) using variables: ID, EVENT, and EVEDAT.


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Family caregivers of people with Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia who reside in noninstitutional settings.

caregiver, care-recipient, caregiver/care-recipient dyad


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, Louis Burgio, Alan B. Stevens, Robert Burns, Sara Czaja, Dolores Gallagher Thompson, Laura N. Gitlin, Steven Belle, and Linda Nichols. Resources for Enhancing Alzheimer's Caregiver Health (REACH II), 2001-2004. ICPSR04354-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2006-10-27.

2006-10-27 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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This study is maintained and distributed by the National Archive of Computerized Data on Aging (NACDA), the aging program within ICPSR. NACDA is sponsored by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) at the National Institutes of Heath (NIH).