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Protocol for a systematic review on the experience of informal caregivers for people with a moderate to advanced dementia within a domestic home setting

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>19/06/2020
<mark>Journal</mark>BMC Systematic Reviews
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English


Background: The knowledge about the experience of informal caregivers who provide care to people with moderate to advanced dementia in a domestic home setting is limited. A consequence of long hours of caregiving in addition to dealing with normal challenges of daily living is their experience of a poor quality of life. Some of their experiences may be described in terms of a feeling of powerlessness to make changes during care provision. This feeling may also suggest an experience of moral distress. This protocol aims to explore these experiences.

Methods: This review adopts a narrative synthesis approach. A search will be conducted for studies written in English language in the bibliographic databases MEDLINE Complete, CINAHL, EMBASE, PsycINFO, Web of Science, and Academic Search Complete covering periods from 1984 to present. The search terms will be related to dementia and caregivers, and the process will be focused on dementia at the moderate to the advanced stages. Reference lists of included papers will also be searched for additional relevant citations. Search terms and strategy will be checked by two independent reviewers. The identification of abstracts and full texts of studies will be done by the author, while the quality and the risk of bias will also be checked by the two independent reviewers.

Discussion: Psychological distress is cited as an experience reported within informal caregiving. For the caregiver, it is associated with a negative impact on general health. To date, no synthesis exists on the specific experience of informal caregiving for people with moderate to advanced dementia within the domestic home setting. This review considers that variation of accounts contributes to how the informal caregivers’ general experience is explored in future research. This may enable gaps in current knowledge to be highlighted within the wider context of caregiving in the domestic home setting.

Systematic review registration

This review has been submitted for registration at PROSPERO (crd.york.ac.uk/prospero/).