Investigators: Elizabeth Goy, PhD, Devan Kansagara, MD, MCR, and Michele Freeman, MPH.
Evidence-based Synthesis Program (ESP) Center, Portland VA Medical Center
Washington (DC): Department of Veterans Affairs; October 2010.
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In 2004, the Office of the Assistant Deputy Under Secretary for Health for Policy and Planning estimated that the total number of Veterans with dementia would be as high as 563,758 in FY 2010.1 Individuals with dementia are frequently cared for at home by a friend or family member. The progressive nature of the illness and the intensity of care that may be required in caring for a loved one with dementia have physical, emotional, and psychological impacts on the CG. The purpose of the report is to review systematically the evidence on the effects of CG interventions on CG burden, mood (including depression and anxiety), and ability to manage problematic behavior, as well as the effects on the CR.
In this systematic literature review, the following key questions were addressed:
A Synthesis of the Evidence: Interventions for Non-professional Caregivers of Individuals with Dementia, November 2010, Issue 31 (VA HSR&D Management e-Brief)
Cyber Seminar on A Systematic Evidence Review of Interventions for Non-professional Caregivers of Individuals with Dementia