Caregiver Strain and Burden Search Strategy

Initial references prior to update: 11
Databases searched for update: PubMed, CINAHL, Cochrane Collaboration, and NCCN
Search results of literature retrieved 1/1/2009–3/31/2016:
  • PubMed
    • (Therapy/Broad[filter] OR systematic[sb]) AND (Caregivers[majr] OR caregiver*[ti]) OR (("family member"[ti] OR "family members"[ti] OR spous*[ti] OR partner*[ti]) AND caregiv*) AND (cancer OR oncolog* OR neoplasms[mesh]) AND ("2009/01/01"[PDAT] : "2016/03/31"[PDAT])
    • 543 citations retrieved
    • (((MM caregivers OR MM caregiver burden) OR TI caregiv* OR ((TI "family member*" OR TI spous* OR TI partner*) AND caregiv*)) AND (cancer* OR neoplasm* OR oncolog*)) 
    • Limiters: Published Date: 01/01/2009-03/31/2016, English Language; Clinical Queries: Therapy - High Sensitivity, Therapy - High Specificity, Therapy - Best Balance
    • 549 citations retrieved
173 titles were selected for a full article review.
100 final publications were included after the removal of duplicates and studies that did not meet inclusion criteria and thee addition of manuscripts retrieved in other topics meeting caregiver strain and burden-specific criteria.
Inclusion Criteria: 
1. Full research report, systematic review, guideline, or meta-analysis
2. Study must report results of the measurement of the topic of caregiver strain and burden
3. Study examines an intervention aimed at affecting caregiver strain and burden
4. Study sample must include caregivers of patients with cancer
5. As of 1/1/2016, additional inclusions are (a) sample size of at least 40 or 20 per study group, and (b) for complex interventions, the description of the intervention must be sufficient to identify the components of that intervention.
Exclusion Criteria: 
1. Grey literature
2. Studies that describe caregiver concerns and issues but do not include the examination of an intervention
3. Samples involving caregivers as parents of a child with cancer