Research focus

Supporting carers as individuals to improve quality of life

Three recent studies observe the support given to carers

A total of 20% of carers have no support according to a Health Education England report (Health Education England 2018), but support for carers can build resilience and confidence (NHS England 2018). This research digest looks at three recent research studies relating to the support of carers.

Key points

  • Healthcare professionals are well positioned to support carers as individuals
  • There are evidenced-based tools to support assessment
  • Specific carer groups have specific needs
Updated meta-review of evidence on support for carers

Support strategies undertaken with individuals and groups of carers were examined in this study. The methodology used a rapid meta-review of systematic reviews undertaken over the period 2009-2016, including 61 studies relating to effective interventions to support those caring for adults. This study updates a 2010 meta-review.

The research reports no clear


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