The meaningfulness of participating in support groups for informal caregivers of older adults with dementia: a qualitative systematic review

Jette Lauritzen, Preben Ulrich Pedersen, Erik Elgaard Sørensen, Merete Bender Bjerrum

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Introduction: Support groups are considered an effective and economical way to relieve informal caregivers stress and burden. Research shows, that participating in support groups seems to be beneficial for the informal caregivers, but there are no significant improvements in feelings of stress and burden. It is unclear how support groups can produce a meaningful and optimal outcome for the informal caregivers.
Aim: To identify the meaningfulness of participating in support groups for informal caregivers of older adults with dementia living in their own home.

Method: A systematic literature review based on a peer-reviewed and published review protocol was conducted. 233 full-text papers were assessed for eligibility. Five qualitative papers were selected and assessed for methodological quality prior to inclusion in the review using standardized critical appraisal instruments from the Joanna Briggs Institute Qualitative Assessment and Review Instrument (JBI-QARI). Qualitative research data were extracted and the findings were pooled, which involved the aggregation of findings to generate a set of statements that represent that aggregation, through assembling the findings rated according to their quality, and categorizing these findings on the basis of similarity in meaning. These categories were then subjected to a meta-synthesis that produced a single comprehensive set of synthesized findings that can be used as a basis for evidence-based practice.
Preliminary result: The findings indicates that through comparison and sharing positive and negative emotions, the members of the support group are able to take on and maintain the role as caregiver.
Publikationsdato23 jan. 2015
StatusUdgivet - 23 jan. 2015
BegivenhedPhD day 2015 - Aarhus University, Danmark - Aarhus Universitet, Aarhus, Danmark
Varighed: 23 jan. 201523 jan. 2015


KonferencePhD day 2015 - Aarhus University, Danmark
LokationAarhus Universitet


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