Effectiveness of nurse-coordinated, person-centered comprehensive assessment on improving quality of life of community-dwelling, frail older people: a systematic review protocol.
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OBJECTIVE: The objective of this systematic review is to determine the effectiveness of nurse-coordinated, person-centered comprehensive assessment on improving quality of life of community-dwelling, frail older people. INTRODUCTION: There is a growing need to meet the challenges of the increasingly frail and older population, and to provide proactive, holistic care close to home. A standardized assessment and care planning intervention could be implemented in primary care, which could be delivered by a primary or community healthcare nurse to address these challenges. However, it is not yet clear if an assessment and care planning intervention will improve outcomes for patients, such as quality of life. INCLUSION CRITERIA: This review will consider studies that evaluate nurse-coordinated, person-centered, comprehensive assessment delivered in partnership with community-dwelling, frail older people, and will compare the intervention to usual care. Studies that include people aged 60 years and older living at home or in supported living accommodation with a recognized level of frailty as assessed by use of frailty screening or assessment tools, will be considered. Studies that include outcomes of health-related quality of life, social functioning, and well-being will also be considered. METHODS: An initial limited search of PubMed and CINAHL has been undertaken to identify articles on the topic. The following sources will be searched for eligible papers: PubMED, CINAHL, Embase, PsycINFO, BNI, AMED, and OpenGrey. Retrieval of full-text studies, assessment of methodological quality, and data extraction will be performed independently by two reviewers. Meta-analysis will be performed, if possible, and a Grading of Recommendations, Assessment, Development and Evaluation (GRADE) Summary of Findings presented. SYSTEMATIC REVIEW REGISTRATION NUMBER: PROSPERO CRD42019137886.
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