Interventions supporting caregiver readiness when caring for patients with dementia following discharge home: A mixed-methods systematic review

Elizabeth Pritchard, Amy Cussen, Veronica Delafosse, Miriam Swift, Laura Jolliffe, Harriet Yeates

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Objective: To explore programs and information provided to caregivers of inpatients with dementia to assist with readiness to provide care following discharge. Methods: A mixed-methods systematic review with meta-analysis was conducted. Search terms included dementia, inpatient, caregiver, anxiety, discharge and counselling. Results: The search yielded 1938 studies (six databases), 13 met the inclusion criteria. Meta-analysis showed no statistically significant changes in anxiety, depression, burden or quality of life 3 months postintervention. Three emergent qualitative themes for staff consideration are as follows: understanding personal characteristics of both patient and caregiver; presenting an inclusive organisational culture; and providing appropriate information at all stages of admission. A Model of Caregiver Readiness was created from the qualitative results. Conclusion: The programs did not significantly decrease the outcomes measured. However, caregivers identified that inclusion at all stages during hospital admission was a vital factor to reduce stress and increase caregiver readiness.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e239-e250
Number of pages12
JournalAustralasian Journal on Ageing
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2020


  • adult
  • caregiver
  • dementia
  • discharge home
  • inpatient

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