University of Hertfordshire

  • Adam Gordon
  • Reena Devi
  • Chris Williams
  • Claire Goodman
  • Kathleen Sartain
  • Neil Chadborn
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Original languageEnglish
JournalBMJ Open
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jun 2020

Abstract

IntroductionOlder people who live in care homes have a high level of need with complex health conditions. In addition to providing medical care to residents, general practitioners (GPs) play a role as gatekeeper for access to services, as well as leadership within healthcare provision. This review will describe how GPs were involved in initiatives to change arrangements of healthcare services in order to improve quality and experience of care. Methods and AnalysisFollowing RAMESES standards, we will proceed with realist review to develop theories of how GPs work with care home staff to bring about improvements. We identify when improvement in outcomes does not occur and why this may be the case. The first stage will include interviews with GPs to ask their views on improvement in care homes. These interviews will enable development of initial theories and give direction for the literature searches. In the second stage we will use iterative literature searches to add depth and context to the early theories; databases will include Medline, Embase, CINAHL, Psycinfo, and ASSIA. In stage three, evidence which is judged as rigorous and relevant will be used to test the initial theories, and through the process, refine the theory statements. In the final stage we will synthesise findings and provide recommendations for practice and policymaking.During the review we will invite a Context Expert Group to reflect on our findings. This group will have expertise in current trends in primary care and the care home sector both in UK and internationally.

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