Study designs of evaluations included in the review
Inclusion criteria were not defined in terms of the study design.
Specific interventions included in the review
Studies of support for family carers were eligible for inclusion. The included studies provided support using the Caregiver Support Programme, a psycho-educational support programme, a peer support programme and in-hospital respite care.
Participants included in the review
Studies of family carers of elderly persons (65 years or older) sharing the same home were eligible for inclusion. Most of the included studies were of carers of people with Alzheimer's disease in the USA.
Outcomes assessed in the review
Studies assessing efficacy were eligible for inclusion. The included studies assessed carer depression, anxiety and quality of life, caregiver preparedness, competence and coping responses, carer preferences for person providing support, carer psychological stress, and activities of daily living of the cared-for person.
How were decisions on the relevance of primary studies made?
The authors did not state how studies were selected for the review, or how many reviewers selected studies.