A meta-analysis of interventions for informal stroke caregivers

Ju Hee Lee, Karen Soeken, Sandra J. Picot

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Abstract

The purpose of this study is to examine the effectiveness of the interventions for improving mental health of caregivers of people with stroke by synthesizing individual studies. A meta-analysis was performed to summarize findings of intervention studies of caregivers of elderly stroke patients. Additionally, a sensitivity analysis and a publication bias were tested. The overall mean weighted effect size (MWES) for the four studies is 0.277 (Z = 3.432, p =.001) with a 95% CI.118 to.435 (N = 718) indicating that the intervention was effective in improving the mental health of informal stroke caregivers. The MWES for the education program was 0.354 (Z= 2.613, p <.01) and for the support program was.234 (Z = 2.335, p=.02). The MWES for the Europe study was.219 (Z= 2.613, p <.01) and for the United States was.922 (Z = 3.287, p =.001). The results show that overall interventions improved mental health of informal stroke caregivers. The small number of studies included in the meta-analysis limits the generalizability of results while supporting the need for more research in this area.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)344-356
Number of pages13
JournalWestern Journal of Nursing Research
Volume29
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Apr 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nursing(all)

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