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Systematic Review of the Effect of Psychological Interventions on Family Caregivers of People with Dementia

Selwood, A., Johnston, K., et al. (2007).
Journal of Affective Disorders, 101(1-3), 75-89.

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 No
Included studies are assessed for study quality Yes
Quality assessments are reproducible Yes

Description: This is a systematic review of scientific literature regarding the use of psychological interventions for caregivers (CGs) of individuals with dementia. Although the outcomes are specific to CGs, one area of the review addresses dementia-specific therapies (DST, i.e. cognitive stimulation treatments). Findings suggest that "there is no evidence to support the value of patient-targeted DST as a way of helping CGs" (p. 77).

Question(s) Addressed:

Question not specifically stated.

Population: Caregivers of people with dementia

Intervention/Assessment: Psychological intervention for caregivers

Number of Studies Included: 16

Years Included: Through 2003

Findings:

Conclusions:

  • Interventions are available to reduce caregiver depression and distress.
  • There is consistent evidence that individual behavioral management therapy is effective for alleviating caregiver depression.
  • There is also good evidence that individual and group coping strategies alleviate depression and distress.
  • Findings suggest that "there is no evidence to support the value of patient-targeted DST as a way of helping CGs [caregivers]" (p. 77).

Keywords: Dementia, Patient/Family Education

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Added to Compendium: March 2012

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