Needs and preferences of informal caregivers regarding outpatient care for the elderly: A systematic literature review

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Plöthner, M.; Schmidt, K.; De Jong, L.; Zeidler, J.; Damm, K.: Needs and preferences of informal caregivers regarding outpatient care for the elderly: A systematic literature review. In: BMC Geriatrics 19 (2019), Nr. 1, 82. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1186/s12877-019-1068-4

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Background: Informal caregivers are an essential pillar for ensuring and maintaining the outpatient care of the frail elderly. Due to demographic changes, including an increase in the number of people in need of care as well as changing social structures (full-time employment of women, increasing number of single households, etc.) these informal care structures are fraught by considerable challenges. To support and facilitate informal caregivers in their role of nursing, it is important to identify their preferences, needs, and thus create a preference-oriented system. Methods: A systematic review was conducted to identify preferences and needs regarding the organization of informal care. The database searches were performed by using EMBASE, Scopus and Dimdi. Results: A total of 44 studies were included in the present review. Studies from 17 different countries provide broad international perspectives. Besides the preferences for long-term care structure, the following four principal topics were identified: (1) informational needs; (2) support needs; (3) organizational needs, and (4) needs for societal recognition. Conclusion: To meet the current challenges in the outpatient or home-based care of elders, it is essential to strengthen the role of informal caregivers. Therefore, it is necessary to adopt and further develop informal care structures according to the needs of informal caregivers. However, demographic, financial and cultural aspects of each country need to be considered as these may influence the preferences and needs of informal caregivers.
License of this version: CC BY 4.0 Unported
Document Type: Article
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Issue Date: 2019
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1 image of flag of Germany Germany 97 51.32%
2 image of flag of United States United States 46 24.34%
3 image of flag of France France 6 3.17%
4 image of flag of China China 5 2.65%
5 image of flag of No geo information available No geo information available 4 2.12%
6 image of flag of Iran, Islamic Republic of Iran, Islamic Republic of 2 1.06%
7 image of flag of Estonia Estonia 2 1.06%
8 image of flag of Czech Republic Czech Republic 2 1.06%
9 image of flag of Switzerland Switzerland 2 1.06%
10 image of flag of Canada Canada 2 1.06%
    other countries 21 11.11%

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