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A short-term, closed, multiprofessional group aimed to promote self-care by combining informal teaching with group support.
A single group facilitator introduced multiprofessional input from a changing weekly speaker during six, 90-minute weekly sessions. Groups were capped at 12 caregivers.
The group initially focused on patient issues, and transportation for caregivers and a patient-sitting service were provided when necessary.
A total of four groups were delivered with peer supervision to ensure consistency of the intervention.
The study design was a prospective, observational, comparative (no randomization) between those who accepted the intervention (n = 36) and those who declined the intervention but agreed to data collection in the first wave (n = 37); limitations existed in group assignment.
The intervention was not found to affect outcomes for any measures at post-intervention (eight weeks) or follow-up (five months).