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Aging Ment Health. 2001 May;5(2):107-19.

A systematic review of the effectiveness of psychosocial interventions for carers of people with dementia.

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  • 1School of Nursing, University of Manchester, UK.


Historically, there have been many attempts to develop interventions to support the carers of people with dementia. To date the evidence of effectiveness has been limited. However, the success of psychosocial interventions for carers of people with schizophrenia has suggested the possibility of utilizing this approach. A systematic review was undertaken to assess the evidence of effectiveness for psychosocial interventions with carers of people with dementia. Thirty controlled trials that evaluated a psychosocial approach were identified. The overall methodological quality of these studies was poor, particularly with regard to sample size, and methods of random allocation. Individualized interventions that utilized problem solving and behaviour management demonstrated the best evidence of effectiveness. This approach is also closest to the effective model of psychosocial interventions currently in use with other severe and enduring illnesses. This suggests that there is scope for developing interventions, based more specifically on this model, for supporting the carers of people with dementia.

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