J Korean Acad Psychiatr Ment Health Nurs.  2014 Jun;23(2):49-59.

Effects of 'Happy Plus Program' for Family Caregivers of Patients with Demenia on Sleep, Depression, Burden, and Quality of Life of Caregivers

  • 1Department of Nursing, WonKwang University, Iksan, Korea.
  • 2Department of Nursing, Doowon Technical University College, Anseong, Korea. ampletree@doowon.ac.kr


This study was conducted to verify how a program for family caregivers can affect the negative effects of loss of sleep, depression, burden of caring and poor quality of life in people who care for a family member suffering from dementia.
This was a quasi-experimental study using a single-group pre-test-post-test design. This study was conducted between March 28, and May 30, 2013 in A city. The program was provided for 9 weeks. Eleven caregivers with a family member suffering from dementia participated in this study.
The second hypothesis on lowering the depression index (Z=-2.93, p=.003) and fourth hypothesis on improving quality of life (Z=2.02, p=.044) were supported.
The results of the study indicate that the program for family caregivers is effective in lowering the depression index and improving quality of life of people who care for a family member who is a patient with dementia. More programs for caregivers are needed and should be developed and provided for family caregivers in the near future.


Family caregiver; Dementia; Sleep; Depression; Quality of life

MeSH Terms

Quality of Life*


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