Professional self-management support interventions can help the carers of people with dementia cope better. Integrating psycho-education into self-management support may be particularly effective.
Reviewers from the Netherlands examined interventions to support self-management amongst the carers of people with dementia. They searched five bibliographic databases for systematic reviews available as of March 2014. Ten reviews were included. There was evidence of the effectiveness of professional self-management support interventions targeting psychological wellbeing for reducing stress and improving social outcomes. Interventions providing information were found to increase knowledge. There was limited evidence identified about techniques to cope with memory change on coping skills and mood.