Aging, Community and Health Research Group (ACHRU)

McMaster University


Research Brief: Online Interventions for Family Caregivers

Family caregivers of older adults with multiple chronic conditions (MCC) are challenged with balancing many caregiving responsibilities and demands. Web-based programs can offer a means of support to these caregivers.

This three-part study included a rapid evidence review, an assessment of caregivers' perceptions of the online toolkit, MyTools4Care and an evaluation of websites that provide information and support for caregivers.

Researchers found:

  • Online interventions may result in decreased depressive symptoms, stress, and anxiety for informal caregivers
  • While informal caregivers find value in online toolkits, such as MyTools4Care, additional online resources would help caregivers identify and navigate local resources to meet their specific needs
  • Websites for caregivers provide valuable information but they need to be easier to navigate and use

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Published on: March 6, 2018

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