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


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Atoyebi, O, Eng, JJ, Routhier, F, Bird, M-L ORCID: 0000-0001-9642-7196 and Mortenson, WB 2022 , 'A systematic review of systematic reviews of needs of family caregivers of older adults with dementia' , European Journal of Ageing , pp. 1-16 , doi: 10.1007/s10433-021-00680-0.

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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 recipient’s health status may influence caregivers’ 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 Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Atoyebi, O and Eng, JJ and Routhier, F and Bird, M-L and Mortenson, WB
Keywords: dementia, carers, older, caregiver
Journal or Publication Title: European Journal of Ageing
Publisher: Springer
ISSN: 1613-9372
DOI / ID Number: 10.1007/s10433-021-00680-0
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