Effectiveness of Web-Based Psychosocial Interventions for Family Caregivers of Older People: What Do We Know?Francesco Barbabella1* and Arianna Poli2
- *Corresponding Author:
- Francesco Barbabella
Department of Health and Caring Sciences
Linnaeus University, Stagneliusgatan 14B
391 82 Kalmar, Sweden
E-mail: [email protected]
Received date: November 21, 2016; Accepted date: December 23, 2016; Published date: December 30, 2016
Citation: Barbabella F, Poli A (2016) Effectiveness of Web-Based Psychosocial Interventions for Family Caregivers of Older People: What Do We Know? J Psychol Psychother 6:286. doi:10.4172/2161-0487.1000286
Copyright: © 2016 Barbabella F, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
The contribution of family caregivers to long-term care of older people is a relevant issue. Family caregivers may face different psychological and social needs arising from the challenging caregiving situation. In this respect, webbased psychosocial programs are progressively being refined and demonstrating they can be effective in supporting caregivers. This commentary describes the main types of web-based interventions for family caregivers of older people and available evidence on their effectiveness. Psychoeducational, peer and multicomponent programs have been the main object of research so far and can improve, under certain conditions, psychological wellbeing and social inclusion of caregivers. General integration, user and transferability issues are also discussed and call for future research in the field.