INTERVENTIONS TO SUPPORT CARERS

Psychosocial interventions for non-professional carers of people with Parkinson's Disease: a scoping review

Background

Parkinson's disease imposes a unique constellation of physical and cognitive symptoms which presents particular challenges to people with the disease and their carers. The role of a carer is often critical to the affected person maintaining a reasonable quality of life and independent living. The Parkinson's Disease Society commissioned CRD to undertake a scoping review of the literature on the effects, including the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness, of psychosocial interventions for carers of people with Parkinson's disease.

Findings

The review provides an overview of the evidence base, identifying the focus, quantity and the quality of the existing research. It also provides insights into methodological issues by highlighting the strengths and weaknesses of the research designs that had been employed, and where there is a need for further studies in order for interventions to be appropriately evaluated. The results of the review will be used by the commissioners to inform future decisions about research funding priorities.

Conducted by: Susanne Hempel1, Gill Norman1, Su Golder1, Raquel Aguiar-Ibáñez1, Alison Eastwood1

1. Centre for Reviews and Dissemination

Publications

Centre for Reviews and Dissemination. Psychosocial interventions for non-professional carers of people with Parkinson's Disease: a scoping review. CRD Report 37. York: University of York. 2007

Hempel S. Assessment of support for carers of people with Parkinson's. Progress: the research magazine of the Parkinson's Disease Society 2007;2:15

Hempel S, Norman G, Golder S, Aguiar-Ibáñez R, Eastwood A. Psychosocial interventions for non-professional carers of people with Parkinson's disease: a systematic scoping review. J Adv Nurs. 2008; 64(3): 214-28

Funding

Commissioned by the Parkinson's Disease Society