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Clínica y Salud

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BUSTILLO, Mª Luisa; GOMEZ-GUTIERREZ, Mar  and  GUILLEN, Ana Isabel. Informal caregivers for dependent elderly people: a revision of psychological interventions over the last ten years. Clínica y Salud [online]. 2018, vol.29, n.2, pp.89-100. ISSN 2174-0550.

In recent decades, several systematic reviews have been carried out in order to know the efficacy of interventions for informal caregivers of dependent elderly, mainly focused on reviewing specific features (e.g., caregivers of elderly people with dementia). In this study, we conducted an updated review of interventions for informal caregivers of dependent elderly in general, using methodological restrictive inclusion criteria. Interventions included in this work (33) have been obtained from Psicodoc, Psyke, PsycArticles, PsycInfo, and Medline. The majority of interventions are cognitivebehavioral ones and achieve significant results. They mainly address emotional variables and burden. Interventions are predominantly applied in a group format and their efficacy is comparable to individual interventions. It is advisable to overcome the limitations of these interventions, especially including follow-up periods to know the stability of results after the intervention.

Keywords : Informal caregiver; Psychological interventions; Elderly people.

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