Healthcare interventions for older people with dementia and family caregivers in Europe: A scoping review

Cristina García-Vivar*, Hanne Konradsen, Erla Kolbrun Svavarsdóttir, Anne Brødsgaard, Karin B. Dieperink, Marie Louise Luttik, Romy Mahrer-Imhof, Birte Østergaard, Lorenz Imhof

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Aim: This study aimed to examine the extent, range and variety of research in Europe describing healthcare interventions for older people with dementia (PwD) and family caregivers. Methods: This was a scoping review and followed the PRISMA Scoping Review guideline. MEDLINE, CINAHL and Cochrane library databases were searched for studies published between 2010 and 2020. Studies reporting healthcare interventions in Europe for PwD over 65 years and their family caregivers were included. Results: Twenty-one studies from six European countries were included. The types of healthcare intervention identified were categorized as follows: (1) family unit intervention (interventions for both PwD and their family caregiver), (2) individual intervention (separate interventions for PwD or family caregivers) and (3) family caregiver only intervention (interventions for family caregivers only but with outcomes for both PwD and family caregivers). Conclusions: This review provides insight into healthcare interventions for older PwD and family caregivers in Europe. More studies are needed that focus on the family as a unit of care in dementia.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere13172
JournalInternational Journal of Nursing Practice
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2024


  • dementia care
  • Europe
  • family care
  • family caregivers
  • family nursing
  • older people


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