American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

EBP Compendium: Summary of Systematic Review

Department of Health Sciences, University of York, York, UK
Systematic Review of Information and Support Interventions for Caregivers of People with Dementia

Thompson, C. A., Spilsbury, K., et al. (2007).
BMC Geriatrics, 7, 18.

Indicators of Review Quality:

The review addresses a clearly focused question No
Criteria for inclusion of studies are provided Yes
Search strategy is described in sufficient detail for replication Yes
Included studies are assessed for study quality Yes
Quality assessments are reproducible Yes

Description: This is a systematic review of randomized controlled trials investigating the impact of information or support intervention on caregivers. Although not specific to speech and language treatment, the review addresses education and support-based interventions for carers of individuals with dementia. At this time, there is no evidence that these interventions are uniformly effective.

Question(s) Addressed:

Question not specifically stated. 

Population: Caregivers and persons with dementia

Intervention/Assessment: Information and/or support intervention

Number of Studies Included: 44

Years Included: 2003 - 2005

Findings:

Conclusions:

This systematic review of randomized controlled trials found little evidence for the effectiveness of information and support-based interventions for caregivers of people with dementia.

Keywords: Patient/Family Education, Dementia

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Added to Compendium: March 2012

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