In caregivers of adults with psychosis, how effective is psychoeducation, compared to any other intervention, in reducing caregiver burden?
A small amount of low quality evidence found that
psychoeducational interventions may help to reduce the burden felt
by caregivers when looking after someone with psychosis. More,
higher quality research is needed to make more reliable
Clinical and research implications
There is some very limited and inconsistent evidence, from
small, poor quality randomised controlled trials (RCTs) that group
psychoeducational interventions may be effective in reducing
caregiver burden for carers of people with psychosis
The only good quality RCT identified was conducted in a mixed
population (people with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder)
and found that a psychoeducational intervention, delivered as a
series of printed booklets, reduced caregiver burden and improved
quality of life.
It should be noted that all studies were conducted in Asia or
the Middle East (China, India, Iran and Jordan), and any observed
effects may not be transferrable to Western European settings.
Larger, high quality studies, ideally conducted in settings
which are directly applicable to the UK, are needed to adequately
assess the effectiveness of psychoeducational interventions for
caregivers of people with non-affective psychosis.
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