Study published: Psychological interventions reduced depression symptoms among informal caregivers

2022-10-27

A study recently published in Journal of Affective Disorders has examined the effectiveness of psychological interventions for symptoms of depression among informal caregivers of older adults.

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Joanne Woodford, assistant senior lecturer in healthcare sciences.

Systematic review

The researchers searched for studies that have investigated the effectiveness of psychological interventions for symptoms of depression among informal caregivers of older adults. The results across these studies were combined and the analysis showed that psychological interventions may reduce symptoms of depression, caregiver burden, and psychological distress for informal caregivers.

‘Studies of higher quality are needed’                                        

However, the researchers’ confidence in the evidence is low to very low. Some of the reasons for this are: a small number of studies; studies did not provide all the information the researchers were interested in; and studies used different types of psychological interventions.

Joanne Woodford is one of the authors of the study:

– Psychological interventions can be an effective way to reduce symptoms of depression among informal caregivers of older persons. However, more studies of higher quality are needed.

Read the full paper ‘Psychological interventions for symptoms of depression among informal caregivers of older adult populations: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials’. It is written by Erika Mårtensson, Chelsea Coumoundouros, Renita Sörensdotter, Louise von Essen, and Joanne Woodford.

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