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Review: poor-quality trials suggest that some interventions for family caregivers of patients with stroke improve carer outcomesCommentary

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C Carroll

Dr C Carroll, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK; c.carroll@shef.ac.uk

QUESTION

Can interventions improve outcomes for family caregivers of patients with stroke?

REVIEW SCOPE

Studies selected evaluated interventions intended primarily for family carers (⩾18 y of age) of patients with stroke. Exclusion criteria were interventions of education or information-giving only and studies assessing cost-effectiveness only. Outcomes included caregiver wellbeing and coping skills.

REVIEW METHODS

Medline, PreMedline, and EMBASE/Excerpta Medica to 2006; AMED, ASSIA, BNI, C2-SPECTR, Cochrane Library, CINAHL, IBSS, PsycINFO, Social Science Citation Index, and Science Citation Index to 2005; grey and unpublished literature to 2005; and reference lists were searched for randomised controlled trials (RCTs). …

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