A meta-analytic review of interventions for caregiver distress: recommendations for future research

Gerontologist. 1993 Apr;33(2):240-8. doi: 10.1093/geront/33.2.240.


This review summarizes articles from 1980 to 1990 on psychosocial interventions and respite care for caregivers. The review was limited to controlled studies that attempted to change emotional distress in caregivers. Cumulatively, they suggest that individual psychosocial interventions and respite programs are moderately effective; psychosocial interventions with groups are less so.

Publication types

  • Meta-Analysis
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Caregivers / psychology*
  • Humans
  • Psychotherapy
  • Respite Care
  • Social Support
  • Stress, Psychological / therapy*