In adult carers of people with dementia, how effective are carer education groups, compared to any other intervention, in improving patient and caregiver outcomes?
A small amount of evidence found that group education has a
positive impact on carers' ability to cope with challenging
behaviour from the person with dementia that they care for and on
their own emotional functioning. However, the studies with the best
methodology found no difference in carer functioning and coping
when group education was compared to standard care.
and research implications
There is some very limited evidence that group educational
interventions may have a small positive effect on carers' emotional
functioning and their ability to cope with challenging behaviour in
people with dementia. However, it should be noted that the only
generally well conducted study included in this summary found no
difference in effectiveness between the educational intervention
evaluated and standard care.
None of the studies included in this assessment found evidence
of any effect of group educational interventions for carers upon
Further research evaluating standardised group educational
interventions, where components and goals are clearly defined, may
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