CALM - Caring and Life Management Study (CALM) is a newly developed
assessment and support intervention for carers.
The Carer And Life Management (CALM) study aims to evaluate how
effective this intervention is in meeting carers' support needs.
At present it is being evaluated for carers of people diagnosed
with Schizophrenia. If the intervention proves to be effective
in meeting this group of carers' support needs then it will be
made available to other carers as well.
A pilot study in 1999-2001 developed a training programme and
a model of support intervention; the CALM study aims to evaluate
the effectiveness of this training programme and the model in
Meeting the needs of carers of people diagnosed with schizophrenia:
A study of a nurse support intervention.
Caring for a person diagnosed with schizophrenia can be extremely
rewarding. However, it can also be stressful. Many carers manage
this situation by compromising their own social, economic and
health needs. Professionals now acknowledge that carers may need
support to continue caring in a way that does not compromise their
own needs. However, the best way to provide this support remains
To determine the effect of this intervention in:
- Meeting carers' needs
- Reducing the burden on carers
- Increasing the carers' satisfaction
CALM study participants and other interested parties can use
this website to:
- read the details of the study: background, what the study
involves, timetable, researchers and funding
- keep up to date with the progress of the study
- contact those who are conducting the study
- find links to related organisations and sources of support
The study is jointly managed by the University
of Dundee and the
National Schizophrenia Fellowship (Scotland) and is funded
by the big lottery
Gall, S., Elliott, L., Atkinson, J., & Johanser,
R. (2001) Training nurses to support carers of relatives with
schizophrenia.. British Journal of Nursing, Vol 10, No 4.
Gall, S., Atkinson, J., Elliott, L., & Johansen,
R. (2003) Supporting carers of people diagnosed with schizophrenia:
evaluating change in nursing practice following training. Journal
of Advanced Nursing, 41 (3), 295-305.