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Spotlight on Evidence Synthesis Program

A Systematic Evidence Review of Interventions for Non-professional Caregivers of Individuals with Dementia

by Susan Cooley, PhD ; Elizabeth Goy, PhD ; Heather Mahoney-Gleason, LCSW
Seminar date: 1/27/2011

Description: HSR&D’s Evidence-based Synthesis Program (ESP) was established to provide timely and accurate syntheses of targeted healthcare topics of particular importance to VA managers and policymakers, as they work to improve the health and healthcare of Veterans. The ESP disseminates these reports throughout VA. The purpose of this report is to review systematically the evidence on the effects of caregiver (CG) interventions on CG burden, mood (including depression and anxiety), and the ability to manage problematic behavior, as well as the effects on the care recipient (CR). We conducted a review of good-quality trials identified from systematic reviews and additional studies identified from expert input. We conducted searches for systematic reviews of dementia CG interventions in MEDLINE (PubMed), the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, and the Cochrane Database of Reviews of Effects from database inception through July 2009. Susan Cooley and Heather Mahoney-Gleason will be discussants during the Q&A portion of the presentation.

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