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Title: Case management : supporting informal caregivers of persons with dementia
Authors: Agius, Maria Gloria
Keywords: Dementia -- Malta
Caregivers -- Malta
Quality of life -- Malta
Issue Date: 2019
Citation: Agius, M. G. (2019). Case management : supporting informal caregivers of persons with dementia (Bachelor’s dissertation).
Abstract: Overview of Topic: Dementia is a neurodegenerative syndrome that results in the loss of cognitive function. Sufferers of dementia require high levels of care, often provided by informal caregivers, whom may experience burden, psychological distress, a decline in physical health, financial hardship and social isolation. In this study, the impact of case management on the quality of life on informal carers will be assessed. The research question: How does case management affect the quality of life of caregivers of individuals suffering from dementia in the community? PEO elements: The Population was informal caregivers of individuals suffering from dementia that still reside in the community. Exposure refers to case management intervention. Outcome was quality of life. Method: A systematic search was carried out using various keywords, on a number of electronic databases. Inclusion criteria included peer-reviewed English language journals in the last ten years. The Critical Appraisal Skills Programme (CASP) tool was used to critically appraise the selected articles. Three systematic-reviews and two randomized-control-trials were selected. Results: The five studies provided inconsistent results with respect to the impact of case management on the quality of life of informal caregivers. Only Chien and Lee (2010) and Corvol et al. (2017) provide sufficient evidence that case management improves the quality of life of the caregivers to a greater extent than alternative routine care. Conclusion: Although the evidence gathered was inconsistent and inconclusive, cases were case management impacted positively on informal caregivers were noted. Implications and Recommendations: With a growing number of elderly persons and a corresponding increase in persons with dementia, a service to support caregivers is required. In order for the service to be successful and beneficial for caregivers, various recommendations for practice, education, management and research are presented.
Description: B.SC.(HONS)NURSING
URI: https://www.um.edu.mt/library/oar/handle/123456789/52664
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Dissertations - FacHScNur - 2019

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