In April this year we ran the first wave of our Family Caregiver Study in partnership with academics at the University of California, Davis, which you can read about in our previous blog. We had a total of 140 people join that first wave, with 116 people completing the sessions and the main surveys they were sent*. Individuals joined from all across the country and even internationally.
We were encouraged by the number of caregivers that signed up and participated in this first wave, and it showed us that there was a clear desire from caregivers to attend our Mindful Family Caregiving course. We approached the Stupski Foundation, who had supported our first wave of the study, and they generously agreed to fund a second wave.
For this second wave, we changed the timing of the sessions to make it easier for caregivers on the East Coast and those outside of the USA to join. We capped our registration at 76 people and the course ran across September. As with the previous wave of our study, we asked participants to fill in four surveys, one a month before the course started, one just before the course started, one immediately after the course finished and we will ask them to fill in a final survey a month after they have finished the course.
Having this second wave of participants will provide us with more data for our analysis, will help us get greater statistical power in our analysis and will help us identify more subtle changes in the data.
We will be compiling the data from Wave 1 and Wave 2 and examining the impact that the course had on caregivers’ emotional, psychological and physical health, their level of caregiver burden, and their wellbeing. We hope to have the results published in an academic journal in early 2022 and will then work to share our findings with our community and other caregiving organizations, as well as everyone who participated in the study. We will also be examining the feedback that caregivers provide on the format and content of our course, and using this to improve our course design.
* We had expected a greater drop-out from participants, recognizing the difficult and often rapidly changing schedules of many caregivers.
We’d like to thank the Stupski Foundation for their generous support of the study, Prof Janice Bell, Prof Phillippe Goldin, and Michael Juberg for sharing their time and knowledge so generously, and everyone who shared our study with their community, enabling us to reach such a large family caregiving audience. Anyone interested in working with ZCP on further research studies, please contact Sarah@zencaregiving.org