Supporting informal care-givers of demented elderly people: psychosocial interventions and their outcomes
SUMMARY In recent years various types of psychosocial interventions have been developed to support the informal care-givers of demented elderly people. The present chapter presents an overview of the research into the outcomes of these interventions. The relatively few studies that meet scientific standards are confined to support groups, respite care and individual psychosocial interventions. It appears that the more cure-oriented interventions may have positive outcomes with regard to severe emotional problems of care-givers. Preventive measures that are unselectively applied only have limited effects or no effects at all. The absence of significant effects may be caused by methodological shortcomings and the limited scope of the studies.