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Review: counselling and education may improve outcomes in caregivers of patients with stroke

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Q What is the effectiveness of different types of interventions for caregivers of patients with stroke?


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Medline (1966 to March 2003), PsycINFO (1984 to March 2003), AMED (1985 to March 2003), and CINAHL (1982 to March 2003).

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randomised controlled trials (RCTs), clinical trials, or uncontrolled trials with pretest and post-test measurement (published in English, German, or Dutch) that evaluated interventions for caregivers of patients with stroke or interventions for patients with stroke and their caregivers if the intervention for caregivers was described; and reported relevant outcome measures for caregivers.

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caregiver quality of life, emotional state, burden, family functioning, social activity in daily life, coping, satisfaction with care, knowledge about stroke, and …

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  • For correspondence: Dr A Visser-Meily, Rehabilitation Centre De Hoogstraat, Utrecht, The Netherlands.

  • Source of funding: The Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development.