The aims of respite care are to decrease caregiver burden and increase the length of time for which a person with dementia can continue living at home, an outcome which may be both emotionally and financially desirable. Results from three randomized controlled trials provided no evidence of any benefit of respite care for people with dementia or for their caregivers for any outcome including rates of institutionalization and caregiver burden. However, a host of methodological problems in available trials were identified. Further methodologically sound research is needed before any firm conclusions can be drawn.
No evidence of efficacy of respite care for people with dementia or for their caregivers
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