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 1/1/2009–6/16/2015:
  • 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] : "2015/06/16"[PDAT])
    • 463 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: 01/01/2009-06/16/2015, English Language; Clinical Queries: Therapy - High Sensitivity, Therapy - High Specificity, Therapy - Best Balance
    • 425 citations retrieved
  • Cochrane Collaboration
    • Gomes, B., Calanzani, N., Curiale, V., McCrone, P., & Higginson, I.J. (2013). Effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of home palliative care services for adults with advanced illness and their caregivers. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2013(6). doi:10.1002/14651858.CD007760.pub2
  • NCCN
    • No results
152 titles were selected for a full article review.
90 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
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