Identifying and understanding the health and social care needs of older adults with multiple chronic conditions and their caregivers: a protocol for a scoping review Academic Article uri icon

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  • IntroductionPeople are living longer; however, they are not necessarily experiencing good health and well-being as they age. Many older adults live with multiple chronic conditions (MCC), and complex health issues, which adversely affect their day-to-day functioning and overall quality of life. As a result, they frequently rely on the support of friend and/or family caregivers. Caregivers of older adults with MCC often face challenges to their own well-being and also require support. Currently, not enough is known about the health and social care needs of older adults with MCC and the needs of their caregivers or how best to identify and meet these needs. This study will examine and synthesise the literature on the needs of older adults with MCC and those of their caregivers, and identify gaps in evidence and directions for further research.Methods and analysisWe will conduct a scoping review of the peer-reviewed and grey literature using the updated Arksey and O’Malley framework. The literature will be identified using a multidatabase and grey literature search strategy developed by a health sciences librarian. Papers, reports and other materials addressing the health and social care needs of older adults and their friend/family caregivers will be included. Search results will be screened, independently, by two reviewers, and data will be abstracted from included literature and charted in duplicate.Ethics and disseminationThis scoping review does not require ethics approval. We anticipate that study findings will inform novel strategies for identifying and ascertaining the health and social care needs of older adults living with MCC and those of their caregivers. Working with knowledge-user members of our team, we will prepare materials and presentations to disseminate findings to relevant stakeholder and end-user groups at local, national and international levels. We will also publish our findings in a peer-reviewed journal.


  • Commisso, Elana
  • McGilton, Katherine S
  • Ayala, Ana Patricia
  • Andrew, Melissa K
  • Bergman, Howard
  • Beaudet, Line
  • Dubé, Veronique
  • Gray, Mikaela
  • Hale, Lori
  • Keatings, Margaret
  • Marshall, Emily Gard
  • McElhaney, Janet
  • Morgan, Debra
  • Parrott, Edna
  • Ploeg, Jenny
  • Sampalli, Tara
  • Stephens, Douglas
  • Vedel, Isabelle
  • Walker, Jennifer
  • Wodchis, Walter P
  • Puts, Martine TE

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  • December 2017