Further implementation of effective Internet-based carer training programmes recommended
Internet training programmes for family carers have potential to increase carers’ well-being, to reduce distress, depression and anxiety symptoms and to increase knowledge skills.
Explanation and example
A systematic review (Egan et al. 2018) about online training programmes for family carers reported on two studies in which improvements in depression symptoms were demonstrated, two studies with overall improvements in anxiety and two studies showing reduction of stress symptoms. Good examples of informative websites and internet training programmes for family carers are ‘Mastery over Dementia’, iSupport, ‘iCARE: Stress management eTraining programme’ and the STAR E-Learning course.
ThemesCarer Internet training programmes Carers' mental health Carers' well-being iCARE iSupport Mastery over dementia STAR E-Learning
Target groupsHealth care providers & patient organizations Policymakers
Type of evidence
Ángel C. Pinto Bruno (INDUCT ESR14)
Systematic literature review
Egan, K. J., Pinto-Bruno, A. C., Bighelli, I., Berg-Weger, M., van Straten, A., Albanese, E., & Pot, A. M. (2018). Online Training and Support Programs Designed to Improve Mental Health and Reduce Burden Among Caregivers of People With Dementia: A Systematic Review. J Am Med Dir Assoc, 19(3), 200-206.e201. doi.org/10.1016/j.jamda.2017.10.023
Call for research on online training programs for carers’ mechanisms of change to increase the quality of online training for families of people with dementia
Increase family carers’ awareness about the use and benefits of online interventions
Mastery over Dementia website (in Dutch)