Setting

Group vs Individual Setting

Whether an intervention is delivered in a group setting or on an individual basis has been shown to have an impact on its effectiveness (Gallagher-Thompson & Coon, 2007; Pinquart & Sørensen, 2006; Cassie & Sanders, 2008).  Interventions, such as support groups, can increase caregiver sense of social support whereas an individual interaction may not achieve this. Conversely, individualized support was found to be more effective than group based support for other outcomes, such as CG burden and depression. Individuals may not be inclined to open up in front of their peers (perhaps for cultural reasons) or they find that learn from the experiences of others (e.g. peer learning) is preferable. Thus, considering what outcomes are important to address for the caregiver can assist in determining the most appropriate setting for some interventions.

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