Mindfulness training for psychological stress in family caregivers of persons with dementia: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials
Language: 
English
Short Title: 
Mindfulness training for psychological stress in family caregivers of persons with dementia
Abstract: 

Caring for a relative with dementia is extremely challenging; conventional interventions may not be highly effective or easily available on some occasions. This study aimed to explore the efficacy of mindfulness training in improving stress-related outcomes in family caregivers of people with dementia using a meta-analytic review. We searched randomized controlled trials (RCT) through April 2017 from five electronic databases, and assessed the risk of bias using the Cochrane Collaboration tool. Seven RCTs were included in our review. Mindfulness interventions showed significant effects of improvement in depression (standardized mean difference: -0.58, [95% CI: -0.79 to -0.37]), perceived stress (-0.33, [-0.57 to -0.10]), and mental health-related quality of life (0.38 [0.14 to 0.63]) at 8 weeks post-treatment. Pooled evidence did not show a significant advantage of mindfulness training compared with control conditions in the alleviation of caregiver burden or anxiety. Future large-scale and rigorously designed trials are needed to confirm our findings. Clinicians may consider the mindfulness program as a promising alternative to conventional interventions.

Author(s): 
Liu, Zheng
Chen, Qian-Lin
Sun, Yu-Ying
Item Type: 
Journal Article
Publication Title: 
Clinical Interventions in Aging
Journal Abbreviation: 
Clin Interv Aging
Publication Date: 
2017
Publication Year: 
2017
Pages: 
1521-1529
Volume: 
12
ISSN: 
1178-1998
DOI: 
10.2147/CIA.S146213
Library Catalog: 
PubMed
Extra: 
PMID: 29026290 PMCID: PMC5626236

Turabian/Chicago Citation

Zheng Liu, Qian-Lin Chen and Yu-Ying Sun. 2017. "Mindfulness training for psychological stress in family caregivers of persons with dementia: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials." Clinical Interventions in Aging 12: 1521-1529. 10.2147/CIA.S146213.

Wikipedia Citation

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