Review collection - Social support

65 reviews


Becqu YN, van der Wel M, Aktan-Arslan M, van AG, Rietjens DJ, van der Heide A, Witkamp E, Watson M. Supportive interventions for family caregivers of patients with advanced cancer: A systematic review. Psychooncology. 2023 Mar 23. doi: 10.1002/pon.6126. Epub ahead of print.

Daudt HM, Spargo EL. Challenges and Facilitators for Psychosocial Support when Aging and Dying in Place: A Rapid Review of the Literature. Can J Aging. 2023 Mar;42(1):135-153. doi: 10.1017/S071498082200023X. Epub 2022 Jun 28.

Dhumal T, Siddiqui ZA, Kelley GA, Harper F, Kelly KM. Systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials of interventions addressing caregiver distress and burden among cancer caregivers. PEC Innov. 2023 Dec;2:100145. doi: 10.1016/j.pecinn.2023.100145.

Firouzkouhi M, Alimohammadi N, Abdollahimohammad A, Bagheri G, Farzi J. Bereaved families views on the death of loved ones due to COVID 19: An integrative review. Omega (Westport). 2023 Nov;88(1):4-19.

Ho KHM, Yang C, Ng MSN, Tao A, Chan HYL. Loneliness at end-of-life: A scoping review. J Clin Nurs. 2023 May 6. doi: 10.1111/jocn.16748. Epub ahead of print.

Rajendran P, Jarasiunaite-Fedosejeva G, İsbir GG, Shorey S. Healthy siblings' perspectives about paediatric palliative care: A qualitative systematic review and meta-synthesis. Palliat Med. 2023:2692163231217597.

Redondo Elvira T, Ibáñez Del Prado C, Cruzado JA. Psychological well-being in palliative care: A systematic review. Omega (Westport). 2023 Jun;87(2):377-400. doi: 10.1177/00302228211019203. Epub 2021 May 26.

Roleston C, Shaw R, West K. Compassionate communities interventions: a scoping review. Ann Palliat Med. 2023 Jul 17:apm-22-867. doi: 10.21037/apm-22-867. Epub ahead of print.

Yıldız M, Terzioğlu C, Ayhan F. Psychosocial interventions aimed at family members caring for patients with cancer in the palliative period: A systematic review. Int J Nurs Knowl. 2023 Mar 31. doi: 10.1111/2047-3095.12423. Epub ahead of print.


McCann Klug L. The Specialty Chaplain on the Palliative Care Team: A Narrative Review. Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2022 Oct 13:10499091221134021. doi: 10.1177/10499091221134021. Epub ahead of print.

Miele F, Neresini F, Boniolo G, Paccagnella O. Supportive care for older people with dementia: Socio-organisational implications. Ageing Soc. 2022;42(2):376-408. doi: 10.1017/S0144686X20000938


Ahn S, Romo RD, Campbell CL. A systematic review of interventions for family caregivers who care for patients with advanced cancer at home. Patient Educ Couns. 2020 Mar 12:S0738-3991(20)30146-4. doi: 10.1016/j.pec.2020.03.012. Epub ahead of print.

Areia NP, Góngora JN, Major S, Oliveira VD, Relvas AP. Support interventions for families of people with terminal cancer in palliative care. Palliat Support Care. 2020 Feb 26:1-9. doi: 10.1017/S1478951520000127. Epub ahead of print.

Bloomer MJ, Walshe C. 'It's not what they were expecting': A systematic review and narrative synthesis of the role and experience of the hospital palliative care volunteer. Palliat Med. 2020 Feb 17:269216319899025. doi: 10.1177/0269216319899025. Epub ahead of print.

Dodd SR, Payne SA, Preston NJ, Walshe CE. Understanding the Outcomes of Supplementary Support Services in Palliative Care for Older People. A Scoping Review and Mapping Exercise. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2020 Mar 19. Article in Press.

Fee A, McIlfatrick S, Ryan A. Examining the support needs of older male spousal caregivers of people with a long-term condition: A systematic review of the literature. Int J Older People Nurs. 2020 May 4:e12318. doi: 10.1111/opn.12318. Epub ahead of print.

Ge X, Tong H, Song Y, He H, Li S, Hong J, Wang W. The caring experience and supportive care needs of male partners for women with gynaecologic cancer: A qualitative literature review. J Clin Nurs. 2020 Sep 19. doi: 10.1111/jocn.15501. Epub ahead of print. 

Ginex P, Coleman M, Vrabel M, Bevans M. Family Caregiver Strain and Burden: A Systematic Review of Evidence-Based Interventions When Caring for Patients With Cancer. Clin J Oncol Nurs. 2020 Feb 1;24(1):31-50. doi: 10.1188/20.CJON.31-50.

Lee JYT, Tikellis G, Corte TJ, Goh NS, Keir GJ, Spencer L, Sandford D, Khor YH, Glaspole I, Price J, Hey-Cunningham AJ, Maloney J, Teoh AKY, Watson AL, Holland AE. The supportive care needs of people living with pulmonary fibrosis and their caregivers: a systematic review. Eur Respir Rev. 2020 Apr 29;29(156):190125. doi: 10.1183/16000617.0125-2019.

Lim S, Song JA. Strategies to improve continuity maintenance for people with dementia: a rapid realist review. Public Health. 2020 Jan 13;181:46-52. doi: 10.1016/j.puhe.2019.11.024. [Epub ahead of print].

MacDonald S, Summers SJ. Psychosocial interventions for people with intellectual disabilities and dementia: A systematic review. J Appl Res Intellect Disabil. 2020 Feb 27. doi: 10.1111/jar.12722. Epub ahead of print. 

Marks G, McVilly K. Trained assistance dogs for people with dementia: a systematic review. Psychogeriatrics. 2020 Feb 17. doi: 10.1111/psyg.12529. Epub ahead of print.

Şimşek Arslan B, Özer Z, Buldukoğlu K. Posttraumatic growth in parentally bereaved children and adolescents: A systematic review. Death Stud. 2020 Jan 23;1-13. doi: 10.1080/07481187.2020.1716886. [Epub ahead of print]

Tao WW, Tao XM, Wang Y, Bi SH. Psycho-social and Educational Interventions for enhancing adherence to dialysis in adults with End-Stage Renal Disease: A Meta-Analysis. J Clin Nurs. 2020 Apr 22. doi: 10.1111/jocn.15301. Epub ahead of print.

Teahan Á, Lafferty A, McAuliffe E, Phelan A, O'Sullivan L, O'Shea D, Nicholson E, Fealy G. Psychosocial Interventions for Family Carers of People With Dementia: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. J Aging Health. 2020 Jan 19;898264319899793. doi: 10.1177/0898264319899793. [Epub ahead of print]

Thornton CP, Ruble K, Kozachik S. Psychosocial Interventions for Adolescents and Young Adults With Cancer: An Integrative Review. J Pediatr Oncol Nurs. 2020 May 26:1043454220919713. doi: 10.1177/1043454220919713. Epub ahead of print.


Bartone PT, Bartone JV, Violanti JM, Gileno ZM. Peer Support Services for Bereaved Survivors: A Systematic Review. Omega (Westport). 2019 Nov;80(1):137-166. doi: 10.1177/0030222817728204. Epub 2017 Sep 5.

Bosco A, Schneider J, Coleston-Shields DM, Sousa L, Orrell M. Dyadic construction of dementia: meta-ethnography and behaviour-process synthesis. Aging Ment Health. 2019 Jun;23(6):651-659. doi: 10.1080/13607863.2018.1450836. Epub 2018 Mar 15.

Choi S, Seo J. Analysis of caregiver burden in palliative care: An integrated review. Nurs Forum. 2019 Feb 8. doi: 10.1111/nuf.12328. [Epub ahead of print]

Chong PH, Walshe C, Hughes S. Perceptions of a Good Death in Children with Life-Shortening Conditions: An Integrative Review. J Palliat Med. 2019 Jun;22(6):714-723. doi: 10.1089/jpm.2018.0335. Epub 2018 Dec 11.

Chung A, Collier A, Gott M. Community-led and/or focused initiatives to support family carers within a palliative care context: An integrative review. Palliat Med. 2019 Feb;33(2):250-256. doi: 10.1177/0269216318813813. Epub 2018 Dec 5.

Franklin P, Arber A, Reed L, Ream E. Health and social care professionals' experiences of supporting parents and their dependent children during, and following, the death of a parent: A qualitative review and thematic synthesis. Palliat Med. 2019 Jan;33(1):49-65. doi: 10.1177/0269216318803494. Epub 2018 Oct 29.

Hauskov Graungaard A, Roested Bendixen C, Haavet OR, Smith-Sivertsen T, Mäkelä M. Somatic symptoms in children who have a parent with cancer: A systematic review. Child Care Health Dev. 2019 Mar;45(2):147-158. doi: 10.1111/cch.12647.

Heckel L, Heynsbergh NL, Livingston PM. Are cancer helplines effective in supporting caregivers? A systematic review. Support Care Cancer. 2019 May 16. doi: 10.1007/s00520-019-04807-z. [Epub ahead of print]

Kedia SK, Collins A, Dillon PJ, Akkus C, Ward KD, Jackson BM. Psychosocial interventions for informal caregivers of lung cancer patients: A systematic review. Psychooncology. 2019 Nov 8. doi: 10.1002/pon.5271. [Epub ahead of print]

Lucero RJ, Fehlberg EA, Patel AGM, Bjarnardottir RI, Williams R, Lee K, Ansell M, Bakken S, Luchsinger JA, Mittelman M. The effects of information and communication technologies on informal caregivers of persons living with dementia: A systematic review. Alzheimers Dement (N Y). 2018 Dec 31;5:1-12. doi: 10.1016/j.trci.2018.11.003. eCollection 2019.

Meeker MA, McGinley JM, Jezewski MA. Metasynthesis: Dying adults’ transition process from cure‐focused to comfort‐focused care. J Adv Nurs. 2019 Feb 7. doi: 10.1111/jan.13970. [Epub ahead of print]

Miles L, McCausland BMS, Patel HP, Amin J, Osman-Hicks VC. A systematic review of the provision and efficacy of patient and carer information and support (PCIS) interventions for patients with dementia and their informal carers. Aging Clin Exp Res. 2019 Dec 5. doi: 10.1007/s40520-019-01428-8. [Epub ahead of print]

Peat G, Rodriguez A, Smith J. Social media use in adolescents and young adults with serious illnesses: an integrative review. BMJ Support Palliat Care. 2019 Sep;9(3):235-244. doi: 10.1136/bmjspcare-2018-001646. Epub 2018 Dec 4.

Perepezko K, Hinkle JT, Shepard MD, Fischer N, Broen MPG, Leentjens AFG, Gallo JJ, Pontone GM. Social role functioning in Parkinson's disease: A mixed-methods systematic review. Int J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2019 May 8. doi: 10.1002/gps.5137. [Epub ahead of print]

Qiu D, Hu M, Yu Y, Tang B, Xiao S. Acceptability of psychosocial interventions for dementia caregivers: a systematic review.BMC Psychiatry. 2019 Jan 14;19(1):23. doi: 10.1186/s12888-018-1976-4.

Sousa H, Ribeiro O, Paúl C, Costa E, Miranda V, Ribeiro F, Figueiredo D. Social support and treatment adherence in patients with end-stage renal disease: A systematic review. Semin Dial. 2019 Jul 15. doi: 10.1111/sdi.12831. [Epub ahead of print]


Bradley N, Lloyd-Williams M, Dowrick C. Effectiveness of palliative care interventions offering social support to people with life-limiting illness-A systematic review. Eur J Cancer Care (Engl). 2018 May;27(3):e12837. doi: 10.1111/ecc.12837. Epub 2018 Mar 24.

Del-Pino-Casado R, Frías-Osuna A, Palomino-Moral PA, Ruzafa-Martínez M, Ramos-Morcillo AJ. Social support and subjective burden in caregivers of adults and older adults: A meta-analysis. PLoS One. 2018 Jan 2;13(1):e0189874. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0189874. eCollection 2018.

Ennis GM, Kirshbaum M, Waheed N. The energy-enhancing potential of participatory performance-based arts activities in the care of people with a diagnosis of cancer: an integrative review. Arts Health. 2018 Mar 8:1-17. doi: 10.1080/17533015.2018.1443951. [Epub ahead of print]

Greenwood N, Mezey G, Smith R. Social exclusion in adult informal carers: A systematic narrative review of the experiences of informal carers of people with dementia and mental illness. Maturitas. 2018 Jun;112:39-45. doi: 10.1016/j.maturitas.2018.03.011. Epub 2018 Mar 29.

Hoang VL, Green T, Bonner A. Informal caregivers' experiences of caring for people receiving dialysis: A mixed-methods systematic review. J Ren Care. 2018 Jun;44(2):82-95. doi: 10.1111/jorc.12235. Epub 2018 Jan 22.

Kim Y, Mitchell HR, Ting A. Application of psychological theories on the role of gender in caregiving to psycho-oncology research. Psychooncology. 2018 Nov 28. doi: 10.1002/pon.4953. [Epub ahead of print]

Logan EL, Thornton JA, Breen LJ. What determines supportive behaviors following bereavement? A systematic review and call to action. Death Stud. 2018 Feb;42 (2):104-14. doi: 10.1080/07481187.2017.1329760. Epub 2017 Jun 8.

Parekh R, Praetorius RT, Nordberg A. Carers’ Experiences in Families Impacted by Huntington’s Disease: A Qualitative Interpretive Meta-Synthesis. Br J Soc Work. 2018 Apr;48(3):675-92.

Tan WS, Beatty L, Koczwara B. Do cancer patients use the term resilience? A systematic review of qualitative studies. Support Care Cancer. 2018 Sep 12. doi: 10.1007/s00520-018-4456-y. [Epub ahead of print]

Walshe C, Roberts D. Peer support for people with advanced cancer: a systematically constructed scoping review of quantitative and qualitative evidence. Curr Opin Support Palliat Care. 2018 Sep;12(3):308-322. doi: 10.1097/SPC.0000000000000370.


Deckx L, van den Akker M, Buntinx F. Risk factors for loneliness in patients with cancer: a systematic literature review and meta-analysis. Eur J Oncol Nurs. 2014 Oct;18(5):466-77.Epub 2014 Jun 30.

Ngwenya NB, Mills S. The use of weblogs within palliative care: A systematic literature review. Health Informatics J. 2014 Mar;20(1):13-21. Epub 2013 Aug 30.


Lewis JM, DiGiacomo M, Luckett T, Davidson PM, Currow DC. A social capital framework for palliative care: supporting health and well-being for people with life-limiting illness and their carers through social relations and networks. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2013 Jan;45(1):92-103. Epub 2012 Jul 11.


Holt-Lunstad J, Smith TB, Layton JB. Social relationships and mortality risk: a meta-analytic review. PLoS Med. 2010 Jul 27;7(7):e1000316.

Mead N, Lester H, Chew-Graham C, Gask L, Bower P. Effects of befriending on depressive symptoms and distress: systematic review and meta-analysis. Br J Psychiatry. 2010 Feb;196(2):96-101.


Nausheen B, Gidron Y, Peveler R, Moss-Morris R. Social support and cancer progression: a systematic review. J Psychosom Res. 2009 Nov;67(5):403-15. Epub 2009 Mar 3.

Prchal A, Landolt MA. Psychological interventions with siblings of pediatric cancer patients: a systematic review. Psychooncology. 2009 Dec;18(12):1241-51.


Hoey LM, Ieropoli SC, White VM, Jefford M. Systematic review of peer-support programs for people with cancer. Patient Educ Couns. 2008 Mar;70(3):315-37.

Macvean ML, White VM, Sanson-Fisher R. One-to-one volunteer support programs for people with cancer: a review of the literature. Patient Educ Couns. 2008 Jan;70(1):10-24.


Payne M. Social objectives in cancer care: the example of palliative day care. Eur J Cancer Care (Engl). 2006 Dec;15(5):440-7.


Zabalegui A, Sanchez S, Sanchez PD, Juando C. Nursing and cancer support groups. J Adv Nurs. 2005 Aug;51(4):369-81.


Chow E, Tsao MN, Harth T. Does psychosocial intervention improve survival in cancer? A meta-analysis. Palliat Med. 2004 Jan;18(1):25-31.


Flanagan J, Holmes S. Social perceptions of cancer and their impacts: implications for nursing practice arising from the literature. J Adv Nurs. 2000 Sep;32(3):740-9.

Last updated 10 January 2024