A scoping review of psychosocial interventions for informal caregivers of palliative cancer patients (pp. 23-30)
Authors: Leone L Sutanto, Fiona M Ying, Arnav Agarwal, Michael Lam, Edward Chow, and Blair Henry
Abstract: To explore available psychosocial interventions for informal caregivers of palliative cancer patients. Methods: We conducted a scoping review of studies examining psychosocial interventions among informal caregivers of palliative cancer patients. Following a search conducted in MEDLINE, Embase and Cochrane Central, screening was conducted by paired reviewers to identify eligible studies, and data extraction was subsequently completed by paired reviewers. Findings were qualitatively summarized. Results: Nine eligible studies were identified from 157 identified articles based on a priori eligibility criteria. Six intervention models were identified based on these studies. Findings from the included studies generally showed improvements across a number of caregiver needs and quality of life domains, largely supporting the efficacy of the interventions across the different models. Conclusions: The evidence suggests a notable increase in the number and directionality of robust intervention studies, with an expansion of range of models in relation to caregiversí needs and preferences. More psychosocial intervention models and studies evaluating their efficacy are warranted.