New York University Caregiver Intervention (NYUCI)
New York University Caregiver Intervention (NYUCI) is a counseling and support intervention for spouse caregivers that is intended to improve the well-being of caregivers and delay the nursing home placement of patients with Alzheimer's disease. The program also aims to help spouse caregivers mobilize their social support network and help them better adapt to their caregiving role. The program consists of four components, the first two of which are delivered within 4 months of enrollment in the study: (1) two individual counseling sessions of 1 to 3 hours tailored to each caregiver's specific situation, (2) four family counseling sessions with the primary caregiver and family members selected by that caregiver, (3) encouragement to participate in weekly, locally available support groups after participation in the intervention, and (4) ad hoc counseling, counseling provided by telephone to caregivers and families whenever needed to help them deal with crises and the changing nature of their relative's symptoms. The program is delivered by counselors with advanced degrees in social work or allied professions.
|Areas of Interest||Mental health promotion|
1: Caregiver physical health
2: Caregiver depressive symptoms
3: Caregiver social support
4: Caregiver appraisal of patient memory and behavior
5: Length of time to nursing home placement of care recipient
|Ages||55+ (Older adult)|
Black or African American
Hispanic or Latino
Other community settings
|Implementation History||NYUCI has been implemented and evaluated in New York, New York; Sydney, Australia; and Manchester, England.|
|NIH Funding/CER Studies||
Partially/fully funded by National Institutes of Health: Yes
Evaluated in comparative effectiveness research studies: Yes
|Adaptations||No population- or culture-specific adaptations of the intervention were identified by the developer.|
|Adverse Effects||No adverse effects, concerns, or unintended consequences were identified by the developer.|
|IOM Prevention Categories||Selective|
Quality of Research
Readiness for Dissemination
The cost information below was provided by the developer. Although this cost information may have been updated by the developer since the time of review, it may not reflect the current costs or availability of items (including newly developed or discontinued items). The implementation point of contact can provide current information and discuss implementation requirements.
The total annual costs for this program were estimated in an independent analysis to range from $856 to $1,437 per caregiver.
No replications were identified by the developer.