Family‐centred healthcare interventions for adults with chronic diseases

Added July 15, 2020

Citation: Deek H, Hamilton S, Brown N, et al. Family‐centred approaches to healthcare interventions in chronic diseases in adults: a quantitative systematic review. Journal of advanced nursing. 2016 May;72(5):968-79.

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What is this? The COVID-19 pandemic is placing a strain on healthcare services and patients. Existing research on family-centered self-care interventions might provide useful information for policy makers.

In this systematic review, the authors searched for randomised and non-randomised studies on the effects of family-centered interventions for chronically ill adults. They restricted their searches to articles published in English between 2000 and 2014 and did the search in January 2015. They included 10 studies (total: 1823 patients and family caregivers).

What works: Involving the family in self-care may lead to better outcomes for patients with chronic conditions. These include reduced rates of hospital readmission, longer intervals between hospitalizations, improved medication adherence and improved self-care behaviour.

Long-term educational interventions on self-care that include active learning strategies can improve health outcomes.

What doesn’t work: Nothing noted.

What is uncertain: Nothing noted.


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