Treatment goal setting for complex patients: protocol for a scoping review Journal Articles uri icon

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  • IntroductionAn increasing number of people are living longer with multiple health and social care needs, and may rely heavily on health system resources. When dealing with multiple conditions, patients, caregivers and healthcare providers (HCPs) often experience high treatment burden due to unclear care trajectories, a myriad of treatment decisions and few guidelines on how to manage care needs. By understanding patient and caregiver priorities, and setting treatment goals, HCPs may help improve patient outcomes and experiences. This study aims to examine the extent and nature of the literature on treatment goal setting in complex patients, identify gaps in evidence and areas for further inquiry and guide a research programme to develop definitions, measures and recommendations for treatment goal setting.Methods and analysisThis study protocol outlines a scoping review of the peer reviewed and the grey literature, using established scoping review methodology. Literature will be identified using a multidatabase and grey literature search strategy developed by two librarians. Papers and reports on the topic of goal setting that address complexity or complex patients will be included. Results of the search will be screened independently by two reviewers and included studies will be abstracted and charted in duplicate.Ethics and disseminationEthics approval is not required for this scoping review. Working with the knowledge users on the team, we will prepare educational materials and presentations to disseminate study findings to HCPs, caregivers and patients, and at relevant national and international conferences. Results will also be published in a peer-reviewed journal.


  • Grudniewicz, Agnes
  • Nelson, Michelle
  • Kuluski, Kerry
  • Lui, Vincci
  • Cunningham, Heather V
  • X Nie, Jason
  • Colquhoun, Heather
  • Wodchis, Walter P
  • Taylor, Susan
  • Loganathan, Mayura
  • Upshur, Ross

publication date

  • May 2016