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A systematic literature review of group-based training interventions for informal carers: impact on the behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD)

Felstead, cerne; Perkins, luke; Stott, Joshua; Hui, esther; Spector, aimee; (2022) A systematic literature review of group-based training interventions for informal carers: impact on the behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD). Aging and Mental Health 10.1080/13607863.2022.2141193. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

Objectives: Caring for a relative with dementia can be extremely challenging especially when someone presents with behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD). The training provided to informal carers is varied and inconsistent. Group-based training programmes are often prescribed but their impact on care-recipient wellbeing and symptomology is yet to be well established. This review synthesises the literature on consensus, themes and effectiveness of informal-carer, group-based educational training programmes on BPSD symptoms. Methods: Ten papers were included of which very few considered BPSD outcomes as their primary aim of investigation. Results: Methodological and theoretical approaches across the empirical papers varied considerably. Generally, studies of higher quality and with some positive results on BPSD outcomes tended to incorporate teaching on structured problem-solving skills. Studies measuring for longer term changes also tended to conclude more beneficial outcomes. The length and duration of groups and the group-sizes appeared inconsequential to BPSD outcomes. Conclusion: The empirical evidence is weak for carer group interventions in the management of BPSD. Practice reasons for this are discussed. Future studies designed to measure BPSD as a primary outcome would be a welcome addition to the literature.

Type: Article
Title: A systematic literature review of group-based training interventions for informal carers: impact on the behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD)
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/13607863.2022.2141193
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/13607863.2022.2141193
Language: English
Additional information: This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/), which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way.
Keywords: Dementia; BPSD; behaviour; training; carer
UCL classification: UCL
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
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10159271
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