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Interventions to Support Informal Caregivers of People with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: A Systematic Literature Review

Background: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) imposes tremendous challenges for both patients and informal caregivers. Caregivers are key players in the management of COPD. Recently, COVID-19 further increased reliance on informal caregivers who urgently need specific support. Objectives: This systematic literature review aimed to systematically describe the content and explore the effects of interventions to support informal caregivers of people with COPD. Methods: A mixed-methods systematic review was conducted.

Sat, 09/03/2022 - 11:33

Intergenerational caring: a systematic literature review on young and young adult caregivers of older people

Background: The theme of young family caregivers of older relatives is still partially uncovered, although the phenomenon is increasing worldwide. This Systematic Literature Review discusses methodological and content issues of ten articles covering this topic, in order to contribute to increase the knowledge and provide suggestions for designing effective support services for adolescent young caregivers.

Sat, 09/03/2022 - 11:28

Influence of the caregiver on the cognitive and functional decline of people with dementia: A systematic review

Background: Dementia is a neurodegenerative disease that requires the accompaniment of a caregiver who is in charge of assisting and supervising basic and psychosocial needs. Objectives: The objective of this article was to determine the influence of the caregiver on the cognitive and functional decline of patients with dementia. Methods: The method was a systematic review by searching the Scopus, Pubmed and Science Direct databases between the years 2010-2020.

Sat, 09/03/2022 - 11:11

Inclusion of Caregivers in Veterans’ Care: A Critical Literature Review

Background: More direct inclusion of informal caregivers (i.e., family, friends) in patients’ care will make care more patient- and family-centered and has the potential to improve overall quality of care for patients. We need to understand what potentially comprises “inclusive care” so that we can define what “inclusive care” is and develop targets for care quality metrics.

Sat, 09/03/2022 - 10:47

Health-Related and Economic Burden Among Family Caregivers of Patients with Acute Myeloid Leukemia or Hematological Malignancies

Background: Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is associated with lower survival and greater unmet need compared with some other hematologic malignancies (HMs). Despite differences in acuteness between AML and other HMs, the burden of family caregivers (FCs) of patients with these malignancies offer similar patient experiences.Methods:  A targeted literature review was conducted to explore FC burden of patients with AML and HM with and without hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT).

Fri, 09/02/2022 - 12:22

People with cancer and their family caregivers’ personal experience of using supportive eHealth technology: A narrative review

Background: To synthesise existing qualitative evidence regarding the experiences of people living with cancer and their family caregivers using eHealth technology in their home setting. Method: A narrative review using a systematic approach was utilised. Five databases (PubMed, CINAHL, EMBASE, PsycINFO and the Cochrane Library) were searched using a tailored search strategy to identify primary research articles published between January 2005 and May 2021.

Thu, 09/01/2022 - 13:08

Specific support needs and experiences of carers of people with frontotemporal dementia: A systematic review

Background: Frontotemporal dementia (FTD) is one of the most common types of dementia in persons younger than 65 years of age. Diagnosis is often delayed due to slow, gradual decline and misinterpretation of ‘non-typical’ dementia symptoms. Informal carers of people with FTD experience greater levels of overall burden than carers of people with other forms of dementia.

Thu, 09/01/2022 - 12:36

Supporting families and carers of people living with multiple sclerosis: a rapid realist review and realist evaluation

Background: Supportive interventions are needed for the family and carers of people with multiple sclerosis. Methods: A rapid realist review and realist evaluation explored what helps, who it helps, when and how. Literature analysis was synthesised with a thematic analysis of qualitative interviews and focus groups with 49 family and carers of people with multiple sclerosis.

Thu, 09/01/2022 - 12:12

Informal caregiving, loneliness and social isolation: A systematic review

Background: Several empirical studies have shown an association between informal care-giving for adults and loneliness or social isolation. Nevertheless, a systematic review is lacking synthesizing studies which have investigated these aforementioned associations. Objectives: Therefore, our purpose was to give an overview of the existing evidence from observational studies. Materials and Methods: Three electronic databases (Medline, PsycINFO, CINAHL) were searched in June 2021.

Thu, 09/01/2022 - 11:42

Exploring experiences of family caregivers for older adults with chronic illness: A scoping review

Background and objectives: A Scoping Review was conducted to explore key issues that underpin the experiences of family caregivers of older adults with chronic illness. The review aims to identify the gap in literature and synthesise evidence on this topic. Globally, family caregivers of older adults with chronic illness experience burden. Evidence suggests that family caregivers’ needs are poorly understood and remain largely under recognised by healthcare services.

Thu, 09/01/2022 - 10:32

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