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THERAPEUTIC PATIENT EDUCATION IN ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE: ADDRESSING THE CHALLENGES OF THE DYAD

Hélène Villars, Philippe Girard

Care Weekly 2018;2:9-13

Psychoeducational approaches such as Therapeutic patient education (TPE) have increased substantially in the field of Alzheimer’s disease. There is evidence to think they can be useful for both patients and caregivers. Such approaches, addressing the patient and the caregiver’s needs, have to be designed in keeping the challenges of the dyad (patient/caregiver) in mind. This article summarize the most important results in the literature, as regards the impact of psychoeducational interventions as TPE on caregivers ’outcomes (stress, well-being, health in general) but also patient’s outcomes (quality of life, behaviour). Person-centered and tailored informations delivered to caregivers by specifically trained professionals using pedagogic methods and innovative tools, could improve the quality of care delivered to AD patients. TPE seems to have a place in an integrated care type of approach for AD patient’s and caregivers.

CITATION:
Hélène Villars ; Philippe Girard (2018): Therapeutic Patient Education in Alzheimer’s Disease: Addressing the Challenges of the Dyad. Care Weekly. http://dx.doi.org/10.14283/cw.2018.7

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