Supporting families and carers of people living with multiple sclerosis: A rapid realist review and realist evaluation
Buckton, Christina H.
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Bulley, C., Baer, G., Mahal, D., Buckton, C. H., Donald, S., Lugton, K., Gillespie, D. & McCormack, B. (2020) Supporting families and carers of people living with multiple sclerosis: A rapid realist review and realist evaluation. International Journal of Care and Caring, 5(2), pp. 263-282.
Supportive interventions are needed for family and carers of people with MS. A Rapid Realist Review and Realist Evaluation explored what helps, who it helps, when and how. Literature analysis was synthesised with thematic analysis of qualitative interviews and focus groups with 49 family and carers of people with MS. The resulting model summarised a family of interventions that could help people develop their capabilities and expand their resources, for more positive outcomes. This may prevent or delay a ‘tipping point’ where capacity to care is overwhelmed by caring roles.