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Unpaid carers form the backbone of health and care systems. Caregiving can be rewarding but can also diminish carer well-being. Many policies recognise that outcome-focused assessments are the foundation of effective support. In practice, carers can struggle to access these, preventing the realisation of carer-oriented policy goals. This systematic search and review explored literature
concerning adult carer outcome assessment, retrieving 21 eligible studies spanning work in five countries. A narrative synthesis highlighted the skilled nature of the practice involved, alongside long-standing implementation barriers. We make evidence-based recommendations for policy implementation, with potential to improve outcomes for carers, practitioners and organisations.


  • Health (social science), Health Policy, Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health, Sociology and Political Science
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)619-636
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Journal of Care and Caring
Issue number4
Early online date18 Aug 2023
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2023
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