Preventive home visits to promote the health-related quality of life of home-dwelling older people : Baseline findings and feasibility of a randomized, controlled trial

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Liimatta , H , Lampela , P , Laitinen-Parkkonen , P & Pitkala , K H 2017 , ' Preventive home visits to promote the health-related quality of life of home-dwelling older people : Baseline findings and feasibility of a randomized, controlled trial ' , European Geriatric Medicine , vol. 8 , no. 5-6 , pp. 440-445 . https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eurger.2017.06.003

Title: Preventive home visits to promote the health-related quality of life of home-dwelling older people : Baseline findings and feasibility of a randomized, controlled trial
Author: Liimatta, H.; Lampela, P.; Laitinen-Parkkonen, P.; Pitkala, K. H.
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Clinicum
Date: 2017
Language: eng
Number of pages: 6
Belongs to series: European Geriatric Medicine
ISSN: 1878-7649
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/298181
Abstract: Background and aims: Studies on multiprofessional preventive home visits to older people are needed. We describe here the baseline findings and feasibility of a randomized controlled study on preventive home visits delivered by a multiprofessional team. Materials and methods: Participants (n = 422) were home-dwelling people who were 75+ years old. They were recruited from the Hyvinkaaa municipal area. They were randomized into intervention and control groups. Participants in the intervention group received three home visits, delivered by a nurse, physiotherapist and social worker. Health-related quality of life (HRQoL), measured by 15D, was used as our primary outcome measurement. Feedback on the intervention was gathered from the participants. Results: The mean age of our participants was 81 years. They scored 0.82 in the 15D HRQoL score, and 65% were female. The findings of both groups were similar in most background variables. The only differences between the groups were that lower proportions of participants in the intervention group had diabetes or used a walker. The professionals delivering the intervention reported that all intervention procedures had been delivered according to plan. Participants who responded to the feedback survey mostly reported having gained new information and were fairly content with the intervention. However, most participants felt the home visits had not improved their health or functioning. Conclusions: We have successfully randomized participants into two study groups in this trial examining the effectiveness of preventive home visits. The intervention seems feasible and has mostly been well received. (C) 2017 Elsevier Masson SAS and European Union Geriatric Medicine Society. All rights reserved.
Subject: Preventive home visit
Older people
Multiprofessional
15D
Baseline
Feasibility
COMMUNITY
INTERVENTION
ACCURACY
RISK
3121 General medicine, internal medicine and other clinical medicine
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