Health-social partnership intervention programme for community-dwelling older adults: A research protocol for a randomized controlled trial

Kwan Ching Wong, Kam Yuet Wong, Ka Pik Katherine Chang

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Abstract

Aim: This paper aims to describe the research protocol that will be used to determine the effectiveness of a health-social partnership intervention programme among community-dwelling older adults. Background: Ageing in place is a preferred option for overcoming challenges of the increasing prevalence of chronic diseases and the risk for hospitalization associated with the ageing population. Nevertheless, our knowledge of how to implement this concept is limited. The integrated efforts of health and social services may help to enable older adults to live with a sense of control over their daily life and to be independent to the fullest extent possible in the community. Design: This is a randomized, controlled trial. Methods: Participants are community-dwelling older adults referred from a community centre. Sample size calculation was based on power analysis. The intervention group will receive the programme with the standard protocols guided by a comprehensive assessment-intervention-evaluation framework. Home visits and telephones follow-up will be employed as means of conducting the interventions and monitoring their progress. The customary care group will receive placebo social calls. The duration of the interventions will be 3 months. The study was funded by the School of Nursing in Hong Kong. Research Ethics Committee approval was obtained in September 2014. Discussion: The results of this research are expected to enable older adults to stay in the community with optimal health and well-being. Health and social sciences are integrated into the practice in this research protocol. The scarce literature on this topic means that this study can also provide an opportunity to bridge the caring gap among older adults.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2673-2685
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Advanced Nursing
Volume71
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015

Keywords

  • Community care
  • Health promotion
  • Nursing assessment
  • Older people
  • Self-efficacy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)

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