for people ages 18 years and up (full criteria)
Healthy Volunteers
healthy people welcome
at San Francisco, California
study started
estimated completion
Principal Investigator
by Veronica Yank, MD
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Veronica Yank



These caregivers are a vulnerable group due to their physical isolation and well-documented rural disparities in health care access and quality. Many rural dementia caregivers experience serious health consequences due to caregiving responsibilities that can limit their ability to maintain their caregiving role. Thus, there is a pressing need for effective, scalable, and accessible programs to support rural dementia caregivers.

Online programs offer a convenient and readily translatable option for program delivery because they can be accessed by caregivers in the home and at the convenience of the user. Building Better Caregivers is an online 6-week, interactive, small-group self-management, social support, and skills-building workshop developed for caregivers of individuals with Alzheimer's disease or related dementia.

The investigators will conduct a hybrid effectiveness-implementation randomized controlled trial that will enroll and randomize 640 rural dementia caregivers into two groups: the intervention (workshop) group and the attention control group. Caregivers will be recruited throughout the United States. Primary outcomes will be caregiver stress and depression symptoms. The investigators hypothesize that stress scores and depression symptoms will be significantly improved at 12 months in the intervention group versus control group. The investigators will also identify key strengths (facilitators) and weaknesses (barriers) of workshop implementation. The investigators will use the RE-AIM implementation framework and a mixed methods approach to identify implementation characteristics pertinent to both caregivers and rural community organizations.

If the Building Better Caregivers workshop is proven to be effective, this research has the potential to open new research horizons, particularly on how to reach and effectively support isolated dementia caregivers in rural areas with an intervention that is scalable, even in low-resourced settings. If the workshop can achieve its goals with rural dementia caregivers, some of those most isolated, it would also be expected to be scalable in other low-resourced settings (e.g., in urban or suburban environments).

Official Title

Evaluating the Effectiveness of an Online Small-Group Self-Management Workshop for Rural Caregivers of Individuals With Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias


Depression, Stress, Psychological, Self Efficacy, Loneliness, Social Isolation, Health Care Utilization, Dementia, Dementia Alzheimers, Dementia of Alzheimer Type, Dementia, Vascular, Dementia Frontal, Dementia, Lewy Body, Dementia, Mixed, Dementia in Parkinsons Disease, Dementia, HIV, Dementia Frontotemporal, Dementia, Multi-Infarct, Caregiver, Caregiving, Parkinson Disease, Alzheimer Disease, Vascular Dementia, Primary Progressive Aphasia, Pick Disease of the Brain, Frontotemporal Dementia, Lewy Body Disease, Multi-Infarct Dementia, CADASIL, Psychological Stress, Building Better Caregivers Workshop


You can join if…

Open to people ages 18 years and up

  • Aged 18 years or older
  • Caring for person with dementia
  • Able to read and write in English
  • Able to access the internet
  • Providing care for ≥ 10 hours per week
  • Reporting a minimum stress level of 4 or more on a 10-point scale
  • Living in rural area of United States (self-identify or zip code is a Rural Urban Commuting Area Codes (RUCA) defined rural area)

You CAN'T join if...

- Have an anticipated inability to complete the 12-month follow-up (e.g., planned travel)


  • UCSF
    San Francisco California 94118 United States

Lead Scientist at UCSF

  • Veronica Yank, MD
    I am a primary care physician-investigator. My research focuses on informal (family/friend) caregivers and on improving care to prevent and manage chronic conditions in primary care, community, and home-based settings, particularly conditions associated with older adults, heavy caregiver burden (e.g., dementia), or elevated cardiovascular disease risk (e.g., chronic kidney disease).


in progress, not accepting new patients
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University of California, San Francisco
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Expecting 640 study participants
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