A systematic review and narrative synthesis of the experiences with caring for older people living with dementia in Sub-Saharan Africa
BMC Geriatr. 2022 Dec 13;22(1):961. doi: 10.1186/s12877-022-03668-2.
BACKGROUND: In low- and middle-income countries, including sub-Saharan Africa little is known about the experiences with caring for people living with dementia. The purpose of this systematic review and narrative synthesis was to examine the experiences with caring for older people living with dementia at home.
RESULTS: In total, 366 abstracts were identified and following screening, 19 studies were included in the synthesis. Six themes were identified: conceptualising dementia, caregiving arrangements, the impact of caregiving, caregiver identity and role, managing caregiving, unmet caregiver needs.
CONCLUSION: There is a dearth of research in relation to caregiving for older people living with dementia in sub-Saharan Africa. There is need for better information campaigns and support programs directed at family and professional caregivers in this context.