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Psychosocial interventions for caregivers of people with dementia: a systematic review

Cooke, DD; McNally, L; Mulligan, KT; Harrison, MJG; Newman, SP; (2001) Psychosocial interventions for caregivers of people with dementia: a systematic review. AGING MENT HEALTH , 5 (2) 120 - 135.

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Abstract

The content of interventions for caregivers of dementia patients is highly varied. None of the reviews conducted to date have focused on evaluating the effects of the content of interventions exclusively for dementia caregivers, and this issue is not well understood. The purpose of this review was to first identify the type of components (e.g. education, counselling) that have been utilized in psychosocial/psycho-educational interventions for dementia caregivers, and to evaluate the success of the different components or combination of components in producing positive outcomes for dementia caregivers. Forty studies were included in the review. Approximately two-thirds of the interventions did not show improvements in any outcome measures. Among those studies, which did demonstrate improvements, the inclusion of social components (e.g. social support) or a combination of social and cognitive (e.g. problem solving) components seemed to be relatively effective. It is important to note, however, that these analyses were based on small numbers and the review was limited by a number of methodological issues (e.g. poor description of interventions). To advance our understanding of the efficacy of psychosocial interventions for caregivers of people with dementia, a more systematic approach is required. Intervention components need to be carefully contrasted in appropriately designed studies of sufficient size.

Type: Article
Title: Psychosocial interventions for caregivers of people with dementia: a systematic review
Keywords: ALZHEIMERS-DISEASE, FAMILY CAREGIVERS, TRAINING-PROGRAM, PSYCHOEDUCATIONAL INTERVENTION, CONTROLLED TRIAL, SUPPORT PROGRAM, SOCIAL SUPPORT, UNITED-STATES, BURDEN, CARERS
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Clinical, Edu and Hlth Psychology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences > Div of Medicine
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > VP Health
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > VP Health > Clinical Research Support Centre
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > VP Health > Clinical Research Support Centre > Joint Research Office
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/119898
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