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A systematic review of systematic reviews of needs of family caregivers of older adults with dementia


Atoyebi, O and Eng, JJ and Routhier, F and Bird, M-L and Mortenson, WB, A systematic review of systematic reviews of needs of family caregivers of older adults with dementia, European Journal of Ageing, 19 pp. 381-396. ISSN 1613-9372 (2022) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/s10433-021-00680-0


Family caregivers provide vital assistance to older adults living with dementia. An accurate assessment of the needs of caregivers supports the development and provision of appropriate solutions to address these needs. This review of systematic reviews analyzes and synthesizes the needs identified by family caregivers. We conducted a systematic review of systematic reviews using the AMSTAR guideline. Electronic databases were searched for systematic reviews on the needs of caregivers in the context of dementia using a combination of keywords and medical subject headings. Records resulting from the search were screened by two reviewers. Data on the needs of caregivers were extracted from the articles and analyzed using a narrative synthesis approach. Out of the 17 potentially eligible systematic reviews obtained initially, 6 met the inclusion criteria. In total, 20 main needs were identified in the reviews included in this study. The need for information and social support were prominent in this review. Factors such as gender, resources available to the caregiver and the care recipientís health status may influence caregiversí needs. Interventions can be tailored toward addressing the most prominent needs of caregivers such as adequate information and resources and available programs may further accommodate and offer need-tailored support to them.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:dementia, carers, older, caregiver
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Aged health care
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health)
Objective Field:Health related to ageing
UTAS Author:Bird, M-L (Dr Marie-Louise Bird)
ID Code:148521
Year Published:2022
Web of Science® Times Cited:3
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2022-01-19
Last Modified:2022-12-02
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