Prevalence of depression and burden among informal caregivers of people with dementia: a meta-analysis

Collins, Becky and Kishita, Naoko (2019) Prevalence of depression and burden among informal caregivers of people with dementia: a meta-analysis. Ageing & Society. ISSN 0144-686X

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Abstract

This meta-analysis examined the prevalence of depression and burden among informal caregivers of people with dementia (PwD) and compared the prevalence of depression between male and female, and spousal and non-spousal, caregivers. The quality of studies was evaluated and moderator variables explored. A search of six electronic databases (PsycARTICLES, PsycINFO, MEDLINE Complete, SCOPUS, Web of Science and ProQuest) was conducted from the first available date to the 31st October 2017. Inclusion criteria involved observational studies that detailed the prevalence of burden or depression among informal caregivers of PwD. Forty three studies were examined with a total of 16 911 participants. The adjusted pooled prevalence of depression was 31.24 per cent (95% CI 27.70% to 35.01%) and burden was 49.26 per cent (95% CI 37.15% to 61.46%), although heterogeneity among prevalence estimates was high. Depression prevalence estimates differed according to the instrument used and continent in which the study was conducted. The odds of having depression were almost one and a half times higher in female compared to male caregivers. No significant difference was observed between spouses and non-spouses. Most studies had a medium risk of bias. The results indicate a great need within this population for interventions that are effective at reducing burden and depressive symptoms. It therefore appears imperative for dementia services that are not providing interventions targeting these difficulties to do so.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Health Sciences
Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 12 Apr 2019 14:30
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2020 23:46
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/70555
DOI: 10.1017/S0144686X19000527

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