Intervention Protocol

Peer support interventions for family carers of adults with chronic mental or physical illness who are living at home

  1. Karen Burnell1,*,
  2. Georgina Charlesworth2,
  3. Alexandra R Feast3,
  4. Juanita Hoe4,
  5. Fiona M Poland5,
  6. Martin Orrell6

Editorial Group: Cochrane Consumers and Communication Group

Published Online: 14 NOV 2012

DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD010231


How to Cite

Burnell K, Charlesworth G, Feast AR, Hoe J, Poland FM, Orrell M. Peer support interventions for family carers of adults with chronic mental or physical illness who are living at home (Protocol). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2012, Issue 11. Art. No.: CD010231. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD010231.

Author Information

  1. 1

    University of Portsmouth, School of Health Sciences and Social Work (SHSSW), Portsmouth, UK

  2. 2

    University College London, Research Department of Clinical, Educational, and Health Psychology, London, UK

  3. 3

    North East London NHS Foundation Trust, Research and Development Department, Ilford, Essex, UK

  4. 4

    University College London, UCL Mental Health Sciences Unit, London, UK

  5. 5

    University of East Anglia, School of Allied Health Professions (AHP) and Health and Social Science Research Institute, Norwich, Norfolk, UK

  6. 6

    University College London, Mental Health Sciences Unit, London, UK

*Karen Burnell, School of Health Sciences and Social Work (SHSSW), University of Portsmouth, James Watson Building (West), 2 King Richard 1st Road, Portsmouth, PO1 2FR, UK. Karen.Burnell@port.ac.uk.

Publication History

  1. Publication Status: New
  2. Published Online: 14 NOV 2012

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Abstract

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  2. Abstract

This is the protocol for a review and there is no abstract. The objectives are as follows:

To assess the effects of peer support interventions on health-related quality of life (i.e. mental and physical health) and wellbeing of family carers who care for an adult relative with a chronic mental or physical illness at home.

Secondary objectives are:

  • to assess whether different features within each peer support intervention impact on its effects. These features could include: the facilitator (peer, versus peer and professional co-facilitators); format, duration, intensity of intervention; and quality of peer training.
  • to assess the effects of simple and multifaceted interventions (interventions with more than one component), and the particular features that are most effective.
  • to assess the effects of peer support interventions across different types of illness.