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Interventions for caregivers of persons with dementia: a systematic review

Review published: 2003.

Bibliographic details: Peacock S C, Forbes D A.  Interventions for caregivers of persons with dementia: a systematic review. Canadian Journal of Nursing Research 2003; 35(4): 88-107. [PubMed: 14746123]

Abstract

The prevalence of dementia in older adults in increasing. Due to cuts in funding for formal support, many families are having to provide care for a loved one with dementia at home. This systematic review gathered and synthesized information on interventions designed to enhance the well-being of caregivers of people with dementia. A search of the literature resulted in 36 relevant studies. Of these, 11 were rated as strong, 11 as moderate, 13 as weak, and 1 as poor. This paper focuses on the strong studies. No one intervention had an overall significant impact on the well-being of caregivers. Although several interventions have been shown to be of benefit to caregivers, non-significant findings were more common. Further investigation is greatly needed. Systematic reviews are an important means of guiding consumers and practitioners in making evidence-based decisions.

CRD has determined that this article meets the DARE scientific quality criteria for a systematic review.

Copyright © 2014 University of York.

PMID: 14746123

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