Evaluating the effects of mindfulness-based interventions for informal palliative caregivers: A systematic literature review
Language: 
English
Short Title: 
Evaluating the effects of mindfulness-based interventions for informal palliative caregivers
Abstract: 

BACKGROUND: There is a need to identify proactive, evidence-based interventions to support informal palliative caregivers. Mindfulness-based interventions, evidenced in the literature as providing physical and mental health benefits for diverse populations, may have application in the setting of palliative caregiving. AIM: To describe, evaluate and synthesise the peer-reviewed literature on the effects of mindfulness-based interventions for informal palliative caregivers. DESIGN: A Systematic Literature Review according to the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Review and Meta Analyses guidelines and a Narrative synthesis. DATA SOURCES: The Cochrane Library, CINAHL, MEDLINE, PsycINFO and EMBASE databases, searched from inception to February 2014 and references of included studies. RESULTS: A total of 13 articles, reporting 10 studies (n = 432 participants) were included. All studies were conducted in the last 5 years. Dementia caregivers were the most frequently researched population (n = 7). Results suggest that mindfulness-based interventions are feasible and acceptable to offer to informal palliative caregivers and may provide benefit, particularly in terms of reducing depression and caregiver burden and increasing quality of life. However, effects were not as robust as findings in the wider mindfulness intervention literature. CONCLUSION: This is the first systematic literature review on this topic. Results suggest both feasibility and potential benefit. Further qualitative research is required to explore the outcomes identified by informal caregivers themselves as the reduced magnitude of effect may suggest that we are not measuring the right outcomes in this context. This would inform more sensitive outcome measures for future intervention studies and guide the development and application of mindfulness-based models in this area.

Author(s): 
Jaffray, Linda
Bridgman, Heather
Stephens, Miranda
Skinner, Timothy
Item Type: 
Journal Article
Publication Title: 
Palliative Medicine
Journal Abbreviation: 
Palliat Med
Publication Date: 
2016-02
Publication Year: 
2016
Pages: 
117-131
Volume: 
30
Issue: 
2
ISSN: 
1477-030X
DOI: 
10.1177/0269216315600331
Library Catalog: 
PubMed
Extra: 
PMID: 26281853

Turabian/Chicago Citation

Linda Jaffray, Heather Bridgman, Miranda Stephens and Timothy Skinner. 2016-02. "Evaluating the effects of mindfulness-based interventions for informal palliative caregivers: A systematic literature review." Palliative Medicine 30: 2: 117-131. 10.1177/0269216315600331.

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