Effects of home visits on quality of life among older adults: a systematic review protocol

Tay, Yea Lu and Abu Bakar, Nurul Salwana and Tumiran, Ruzimah and Ab Rahman, Noor Hasidah and Mohd Maamor, Noor Areefa Ameera and Yau, Weng Keong and Abdullah, Zalilah (2021) Effects of home visits on quality of life among older adults: a systematic review protocol. Systematic Reviews, 10 (1). ISSN 2046-4053, DOI https://doi.org/10.1186/s13643-021-01862-8.

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Background: Home visiting services for older adults have been offered for decades to maintain and promote health and independent functioning, thus enhancing quality of life. Previous systematic reviews have provided a mixed picture of the benefits of home visiting programmes in older adults, primarily because of heterogeneity in study designs, targeted populations, and intervention strategies. These reviews may also become out of date; thus, an updated synthesis of relevant studies is warranted. Our objective is to perform a systematic review of recently published primary studies on the effectiveness of multi-professional home visits on quality of life among older adults. Methods: We will perform a comprehensive search for studies investigating the effect of a multi-professional home visit approach on quality of life among older adults. We will conduct the literature search in selected electronic databases and relevant research websites from January 2010 onwards. We will include randomised controlled trials (RCTs), cluster randomised controlled trials (cluster RCTs), and observational studies that enrolled older adults without dementia over 60 years old, along with studies involving multi-professional preventive-promotive home visit approaches not related to recent hospital discharge. We will report our planned review following the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) guidelines. We will retrieve and record relevant data in a standardised data extraction form and evaluate the quality of the included articles using the Cochrane risk of bias tool and the quality assessment tool for studies with diverse designs (QATSDD). Where appropriate, outcomes will be pooled for meta-analysis using a random-effects model. The main outcomes include quality of life, incidence of falls, depression, dementia, and emergency department admissions. Discussion: This review may provide evidence for the effectiveness of home visits in improving older adults' quality of life. It will potentially benefit health care professionals, policymakers, and researchers by facilitating the design and delivery of interventions related to older generations and improve service delivery in future.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Systematic review; Meta-analysis; House calls; Home visits; Aged
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine
Depositing User: Ms Zaharah Ramly
Date Deposited: 06 Apr 2022 07:44
Last Modified: 06 Apr 2022 07:44
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/28558

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