Laura Gitlin

Summary

Affiliation: Thomas Jefferson University
Country: USA

Publications

  1. pmc The cost-effectiveness of a nonpharmacologic intervention for individuals with dementia and family caregivers: the tailored activity program
    Laura N Gitlin
    Jefferson Center for Applied Research on Aging and Health, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA 19130, USA
    Am J Geriatr Psychiatry 18:510-9. 2010
  2. ncbi Enhancing quality of life of families who use adult day services: Short- and long-term effects of the adult day services plus program
    Laura N Gitlin
    Center for Applied Research on Aging and Health, Thomas Jefferson University, 130 South 9th Street, Suite 513, Philadelphia, PA 19130, USA
    Gerontologist 46:630-9. 2006
  3. ncbi Assessing perceived change in the well-being of family caregivers: psychometric properties of the Perceived Change Index and response patterns
    Laura N Gitlin
    Center for Applied Research on Aging and Health, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107, USA
    Am J Alzheimers Dis Other Demen 21:304-11. 2006
  4. pmc Depressive symptoms in older African-American and white adults with functional difficulties: the role of control strategies
    Laura N Gitlin
    Center for Applied Research on Aging and Health, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107, USA
    J Am Geriatr Soc 55:1023-30. 2007
  5. pmc A non-pharmacological intervention to manage behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia and reduce caregiver distress: design and methods of project ACT3
    Laura N Gitlin
    Center for Applied Research on Aging and Health, Thomas Jefferson University, 130 S 9th Street, Suite 513, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA
    Clin Interv Aging 2:695-703. 2007
  6. pmc Tailored activities to manage neuropsychiatric behaviors in persons with dementia and reduce caregiver burden: a randomized pilot study
    Laura N Gitlin
    Center for Applied Research on Aging and Health, School of Health Professions, Department of Occupational Therapy, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107, USA
    Am J Geriatr Psychiatry 16:229-39. 2008
  7. pmc Variation in response to a home intervention to support daily function by age, race, sex, and education
    Laura N Gitlin
    Jefferson Center for Applied Research on Aging and Health, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA
    J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci 63:745-50. 2008
  8. ncbi Harvest health: translation of the chronic disease self-management program for older African Americans in a senior setting
    Laura N Gitlin
    Center for Applied Research on Aging and Health, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA
    Gerontologist 48:698-705. 2008
  9. pmc Long-term effect on mortality of a home intervention that reduces functional difficulties in older adults: results from a randomized trial
    Laura N Gitlin
    Jefferson Center for Applied Research on Aging and Health, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19130, USA
    J Am Geriatr Soc 57:476-81. 2009
  10. pmc The Tailored Activity Program to reduce behavioral symptoms in individuals with dementia: feasibility, acceptability, and replication potential
    Laura N Gitlin
    Jefferson Center for Applied Research on Aging and Health, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA
    Gerontologist 49:428-39. 2009

Detail Information

Publications35

  1. pmc The cost-effectiveness of a nonpharmacologic intervention for individuals with dementia and family caregivers: the tailored activity program
    Laura N Gitlin
    Jefferson Center for Applied Research on Aging and Health, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA 19130, USA
    Am J Geriatr Psychiatry 18:510-9. 2010
    ..To evaluate cost-effectiveness of the Tailored Activity Program (TAP) for individuals with dementia and family caregivers...
  2. ncbi Enhancing quality of life of families who use adult day services: Short- and long-term effects of the adult day services plus program
    Laura N Gitlin
    Center for Applied Research on Aging and Health, Thomas Jefferson University, 130 South 9th Street, Suite 513, Philadelphia, PA 19130, USA
    Gerontologist 46:630-9. 2006
    ....
  3. ncbi Assessing perceived change in the well-being of family caregivers: psychometric properties of the Perceived Change Index and response patterns
    Laura N Gitlin
    Center for Applied Research on Aging and Health, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107, USA
    Am J Alzheimers Dis Other Demen 21:304-11. 2006
    ..The PCI is a brief, easily administered, and valid self-report measure that can serve as an indicator of caregiver appraisal of well-being in research and clinical practice...
  4. pmc Depressive symptoms in older African-American and white adults with functional difficulties: the role of control strategies
    Laura N Gitlin
    Center for Applied Research on Aging and Health, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107, USA
    J Am Geriatr Soc 55:1023-30. 2007
    ..To examine whether control-oriented strategies buffer effects of functional difficulties on depressive symptoms over time in older African-American and white adults with disability...
  5. pmc A non-pharmacological intervention to manage behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia and reduce caregiver distress: design and methods of project ACT3
    Laura N Gitlin
    Center for Applied Research on Aging and Health, Thomas Jefferson University, 130 S 9th Street, Suite 513, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA
    Clin Interv Aging 2:695-703. 2007
    ....
  6. pmc Tailored activities to manage neuropsychiatric behaviors in persons with dementia and reduce caregiver burden: a randomized pilot study
    Laura N Gitlin
    Center for Applied Research on Aging and Health, School of Health Professions, Department of Occupational Therapy, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107, USA
    Am J Geriatr Psychiatry 16:229-39. 2008
    ..To test whether the Tailored Activity Program (TAP) reduces dementia-related neuropsychiatric behaviors, promotes activity engagement, and enhances caregiver well-being...
  7. pmc Variation in response to a home intervention to support daily function by age, race, sex, and education
    Laura N Gitlin
    Jefferson Center for Applied Research on Aging and Health, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA
    J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci 63:745-50. 2008
    ..This study examines whether these at-risk groups benefit differentially from an in-home intervention previously found to effectively reduce functional difficulties...
  8. ncbi Harvest health: translation of the chronic disease self-management program for older African Americans in a senior setting
    Laura N Gitlin
    Center for Applied Research on Aging and Health, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA
    Gerontologist 48:698-705. 2008
    ..We describe the translation of K. R. Lorig and colleagues' Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) for delivery in a senior center and evaluate pre-post benefits for African American participants...
  9. pmc Long-term effect on mortality of a home intervention that reduces functional difficulties in older adults: results from a randomized trial
    Laura N Gitlin
    Jefferson Center for Applied Research on Aging and Health, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19130, USA
    J Am Geriatr Soc 57:476-81. 2009
    ..To evaluate the long-term mortality effect of a home-based intervention previously shown to reduce functional difficulties and whether survivorship benefits differ according to initial mortality risk level...
  10. pmc The Tailored Activity Program to reduce behavioral symptoms in individuals with dementia: feasibility, acceptability, and replication potential
    Laura N Gitlin
    Jefferson Center for Applied Research on Aging and Health, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA
    Gerontologist 49:428-39. 2009
    ..This article describes TAP, its assessments, acceptability, and replication potential...
  11. pmc Translation of a dementia caregiver intervention for delivery in homecare as a reimbursable Medicare service: outcomes and lessons learned
    Laura N Gitlin
    Jefferson Center for Applied Research on Aging and Health, Thomas Jefferson University, 130 S 9th Street, Suite 513, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA
    Gerontologist 50:847-54. 2010
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  12. pmc Targeting and managing behavioral symptoms in individuals with dementia: a randomized trial of a nonpharmacological intervention
    Laura N Gitlin
    Jefferson Center for Applied Research on Aging and Health, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19130, USA
    J Am Geriatr Soc 58:1465-74. 2010
    ..To test the effects of an intervention that helps families manage distressing behaviors in family members with dementia...
  13. doi A biobehavioral home-based intervention and the well-being of patients with dementia and their caregivers: the COPE randomized trial
    Laura N Gitlin
    Jefferson Center for Applied Research on Aging and Health, Thomas Jefferson University, 130 S Ninth St, Ste 513, Philadelphia, PA 19130, USA
    JAMA 304:983-91. 2010
    ..Optimal treatment to postpone functional decline in patients with dementia is not established...
  14. ncbi Effect of an in-home occupational and physical therapy intervention on reducing mortality in functionally vulnerable older people: preliminary findings
    Laura N Gitlin
    Center for Applied Research on Aging and Health, Thomas Jefferson University, 130 S 9th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130, USA
    J Am Geriatr Soc 54:950-5. 2006
    ..To evaluate the effect of a multicomponent intervention on mortality and the role of control-oriented strategy use as the change mechanism...
  15. ncbi Conducting research on home environments: lessons learned and new directions
    Laura N Gitlin
    Department of Occupational Therapy, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA, USA
    Gerontologist 43:628-37. 2003
    ..Specifically, the home environment offers a testing ground for generic environmental constructs and their measurement as well as a unique setting from which new understandings and constructs of person-environment fit can emerge...
  16. ncbi A randomized trial of a multicomponent home intervention to reduce functional difficulties in older adults
    Laura N Gitlin
    Center for Applied Research on Aging and Health, Thomas Jefferson University, 130 S 9th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130, USA
    J Am Geriatr Soc 54:809-16. 2006
    ..To test the efficacy of a multicomponent intervention to reduce functional difficulties, fear of falling, and home hazards and enhance self-efficacy and adaptive coping in older adults with chronic conditions...
  17. ncbi Maintenance of effects of the home environmental skill-building program for family caregivers and individuals with Alzheimer's disease and related disorders
    Laura N Gitlin
    Center for Applied Research on Aging and Health, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107, USA
    J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci 60:368-74. 2005
    ....
  18. ncbi Effects of the home environmental skill-building program on the caregiver-care recipient dyad: 6-month outcomes from the Philadelphia REACH Initiative
    Laura N Gitlin
    Community and Homecare Research Division, 130 South 9th Street, Suite 513, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA
    Gerontologist 43:532-46. 2003
    ..We examine 6-month effects of the Environmental Skill-Building Program on caregiver well-being and care recipient functioning and whether effects vary by caregiver gender, race (White or non-White), and relationship (spouse or nonspouse)...
  19. pmc Effect of multicomponent interventions on caregiver burden and depression: the REACH multisite initiative at 6-month follow-up
    Laura N Gitlin
    Community and Homecare Research Division, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107, USA
    Psychol Aging 18:361-74. 2003
    ..034). Also, active interventions were superior to control conditions for Hispanics, nonspouses, and caregivers with lower education. Results suggest interventions should be multicomponent and tailored...
  20. ncbi Evaluation of a telephone-based support group intervention for female caregivers of community-dwelling individuals with dementia
    Laraine Winter
    Center for Applied Research in Aging and Health, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107, USA
    Am J Alzheimers Dis Other Demen 21:391-7. 2006
    ..Effects on caregiver burden, depression, and personal gains were evaluated at 6 months, the main end point. Older care-givers (> or =65) in telesupport reported lower depression than control group caregivers did...
  21. doi Evaluating willingness-to-pay thresholds for dementia caregiving interventions: application to the tailored activity program
    Eric Jutkowitz
    Doris N Grandon Center for Health Economics and Outcomes Research, Jefferson School of Population Health, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA
    Value Health 13:720-5. 2010
    ..The study aims to apply willingness-to-pay (WTP) values derived from the literature to inform decision-makers of the cost-effectiveness of the Tailored Activity Program (TAP), an intervention proven to reduce caregiver burden...
  22. ncbi Strategies used by families to simplify tasks for individuals with Alzheimer's disease and related disorders: psychometric analysis of the Task Management Strategy Index (TMSI)
    Laura N Gitlin
    Community and Homecare Research Division, College of Health Professions, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA 19130, USA
    Gerontologist 42:61-9. 2002
    ..Relationships between use of these strategies and caregiver and care-recipient characteristics were also examined...
  23. pmc Caregiver appraisals of functional dependence in individuals with dementia and associated caregiver upset: psychometric properties of a new scale and response patterns by caregiver and care recipient characteristics
    Laura N Gitlin
    Thomas Jefferson University, USA
    J Aging Health 17:148-71. 2005
    ..To evaluate psychometric properties and response patterns of the Care-giver Assessment of Function and Upset (CAFU), a 15-item multidimensional measure of dependence in dementia patients and caregiver reaction...
  24. ncbi Predictors of adherence to a skill-building intervention in dementia caregivers
    Yeon Kyung Chee
    Center for Applied Research on Aging and Health, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA
    J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci 62:673-8. 2007
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  25. pmc Data and safety monitoring in social behavioral intervention trials: the REACH II experience
    Sara J Czaja
    Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Center on Aging, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, 1695 N W 9th Ave, Suite 3204, Miami, Florida 33136, USA
    Clin Trials 3:107-18. 2006
    ..Most of the existing literature and guidelines for safety monitoring and reporting of adverse events focuses on medical interventions. Consequently, there is little guidance for investigators conducting social and behavior trials...
  26. ncbi Correspondence of the functional independence measure (FIM) self-care subscale with real-time observations of dementia patients' ADL performance in the home
    Ellen M Cotter
    Georgia Southwestern State University, Americus, 31709 4693, USA
    Clin Rehabil 16:36-45. 2002
    ..To determine if caregivers of dementia patients can validly report (a) the level of patient activities of daily living (ADL) dependence and (b) the amount of time they spend providing ADL assistance...
  27. pmc Resources for Enhancing Alzheimer's Caregiver Health (REACH): overview, site-specific outcomes, and future directions
    Richard Schulz
    University of Pittsburgh, University Center for Social and Urban Research, 121 University Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15260, USA
    Gerontologist 43:514-20. 2003
  28. pmc Enhancing the quality of life of dementia caregivers from different ethnic or racial groups: a randomized, controlled trial
    Steven H Belle
    University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15260, USA
    Ann Intern Med 145:727-38. 2006
    ..Finding better ways to support family caregivers is a major public health challenge...
  29. ncbi Introduction to the special section on Resources for Enhancing Alzheimer's Caregiver Health (REACH)
    Richard Schulz
    Department of Psychiatry, University Center for Social and Urban Research, University of Pittsburgh, 121 University Place, Pennsylvania 15260, USA
    Psychol Aging 18:357-60. 2003
    ..The authors describe the design of the study, summarize the interventions implemented at each site, and provide an overview of the 4 articles in this special section...
  30. ncbi Patient suffering and caregiver compassion: new opportunities for research, practice, and policy
    Richard Schulz
    University Center for Social and Urban Research, 121 University Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15260, USA
    Gerontologist 47:4-13. 2007
    ..We conclude with a discussion of implications and future directions for clinical intervention, research, and policy...
  31. pmc Using a new taxonomy to combine the uncombinable: integrating results across diverse interventions
    Steven H Belle
    Department of Epidemiology, Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15261, USA
    Psychol Aging 18:396-405. 2003
    ..The results indicate that actively targeting caregiver behavior is effective in achieving positive outcomes with respect to caregiver depression...
  32. ncbi Predictors of complicated grief among dementia caregivers: a prospective study of bereavement
    Richard Schulz
    University Center for Social and Urban Research, University of Pittsburgh, 121 University Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15260, USA
    Am J Geriatr Psychiatry 14:650-8. 2006
    ..This is the first study to prospectively assess predictors of complicated grief among family caregivers of patients with dementia who experience the death of their care recipient...
  33. ncbi The Caregiver Vigilance Scale: application and validation in the Resources for Enhancing Alzheimer's Caregiver Health (REACH) project
    Diane Feeney Mahoney
    Program for Enhanced Family Caregiving Through Technology, Research and Training Institute, Hebrew Rehabilitation Center for Aged, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
    Am J Alzheimers Dis Other Demen 18:39-48. 2003
    ..We also highlight the practical utility of selected items for potential use in the caregiver assessment process...
  34. ncbi Psychotherapeutic medications and dementia
    Nancy A Hodgson
    Consult Pharm 23:357-8. 2008
  35. pmc Psychometric analysis of the Revised Memory and Behavior Problems Checklist: factor structure of occurrence and reaction ratings
    David L Roth
    Department of Biostatistics, Center for Aging, School of Public Health, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 1530 Third Avenue South, Birmingham, Alabama 35294 0022, USA
    Psychol Aging 18:906-15. 2003
    ..In addition, female caregivers and White caregivers reported more problems, on average, than male caregivers and African American caregivers, respectively...

Research Grants19

  1. Treating Depression in African American Elders: A Community-Academic Partnership
    Laura Gitlin; Fiscal Year: 2009
    ..Our research will identify culturally-relevant depression treatment for African American elders, enhance service capacity of senior centers to treat depression in the community, and disseminate a replicable partnership model. ..
  2. Supporting Mental Health of African American Elders
    Laura Gitlin; Fiscal Year: 2007
    ..abstract_text> ..
  3. Treating Depression in African American Elders: A Community-Academic Partnership
    Laura Gitlin; Fiscal Year: 2007
    ..Our research will identify culturally-relevant depression treatment for African American elders, enhance service capacity of senior centers to treat depression in the community, and disseminate a replicable partnership model. ..
  4. Reducing Family Caregiver Upset with Disruptive Behavior
    Laura Gitlin; Fiscal Year: 2005
    ....
  5. Tailored Activity to Improve Affect in Dementia at Home
    Laura Gitlin; Fiscal Year: 2006
    ..This pilot study will provide critical data by which to refine and standardize the intervention manual and protocols, and structure the design of a large-scale randomized clinical trial. ..
  6. RESEARCH PROGRAM TO PROMOTE OPTIMAL AGING IN PLACE
    Laura Gitlin; Fiscal Year: 2004
    ..It is anticipated that at the conclusion of the grant program the SHI will have an active research program that is multidisciplinary, nationally recognized, and addresses critical issues in independent living. ..
  7. Multisite Intervention Trial for Diverse Caregivers
    Laura Gitlin; Fiscal Year: 2003
    ..A uniform battery of predictor and outcome measures will be collected at baseline, three and six months. Cost-effectiveness and clinical significance of the two conditions will also be evaluated. ..
  8. ENHANCING FUNCTION OF FRAIL ELDERS BY MODIFYING THE HOME
    Laura Gitlin; Fiscal Year: 2003
    ..abstract_text> ..
  9. Treating Depression in African American Elders: A Community-Academic Partnership
    Laura N Gitlin; Fiscal Year: 2010
    ..Our research will identify culturally-relevant depression treatment for African American elders, enhance service capacity of senior centers to treat depression in the community, and disseminate a replicable partnership model. ..