Economic burden on caregivers or parents with Down syndrome children—a systematic review protocol

Jyothi Shetty, Ankitha Shetty, Suneel C. Mundkur, Tantri Keerthi Dinesh, Prachi Pundir

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Background: Financial burden is a common phenomenon, often noticed in the caregivers of children with Down syndrome. It echoes adverse effects on the caregiver’s mental and physical health. The economic burden covers direct healthcare costs, direct non-health-care costs, and indirect costs and is substantial for the family of a person with Down syndrome, as well as for society. Evidence, in this area, is necessary to reduce mental stress and promote financial well-being among caregivers. Methods: In this review, quantitative studies that assess the economic burden on caregivers of children with Down syndrome will be considered. We will perform a systematic literature search conducted from the year 2000 to 2022 on electronic databases CINAHL, EBSCO, EMBASE, PubMed, Scopus, Web of Science, and EconLit. An additional gray literature search will be carried out. Two researchers will independently conduct the screening and data extraction and assess the risk of bias. Discussions: The review attempts to methodically analyze the economic burden among caregivers of children with Down syndrome from the societal perspective and individual perspectives. The current study will provide an evidence base to researchers, academicians, and society in identifying need-based learning to caregivers, and the selection of appropriate therapies for children suffering from Down syndrome. Systematic review registration: PROSPERO CRD42021265312.

Original languageEnglish
Article number3
JournalSystematic Reviews
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 12-2023

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)


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