Addressing the Long-Term Care Crisis: Identifying Opportunities for Improvement Using Rapid Reviews

Authors

  • Rae R.A. Petrucha University of Saskatchewan
  • Elizabeth G. Hansen University of Saskatchewan
  • Lindsay D. Ironside University of Saskatchewan
  • Olivia J.M. Lafrance University of Saskatchewan
  • Rhonda D.T. Bryce University of Saskatchewan https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7331-9552
  • Nicole A. Jacobson University of Saskatchewan
  • Vivian R. Ramsden University of Saskatchewan

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.5770/cgj.25.535

Keywords:

long-term care, patient-centred care, patient satisfaction, quality of life, patient care team, advance care planning, rapid review, medical students

Abstract

Background 

Long-term care (LTC) facilities require urgent, evidence-based care renewal. During 2020 three medical student-driven research projects aiming to study care satisfaction, patient care team dynamics, and advance care directive effectiveness in a local LTC facility required a marked shift in approach due to COVID-19 regulations. 

Methods 

All three projects were re-invented as rapid reviews from their initial designs intended to provide a baseline for quality improvement projects. English-limited PubMed searches for publications within the past 10 years were undertaken. Review articles were prioritized and supplemented by individual studies. Students reviewed the initial abstracts, reviewed them with a supervisor/mentor, assessed the articles for quality, and synthesized major themes. 

Results 

A total of 52 publications were evaluated for the final synthesis of all three projects. Relevant information was retrieved for all three areas, suitable for local evaluation/intervention at micro, meso, and macro policy levels. 

Conclusions 

Rapid reviews of issue-specific, long-term care literature are low resource avenues towards coordinated care improvement. They may also serve as rapid means for regular policy updates while providing next-generation care providers with improved LTC perspectives. 

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Published

2022-03-02

How to Cite

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Petrucha RR, Hansen EG, Ironside LD, Lafrance OJ, Bryce RD, Jacobson NA, Ramsden VR. Addressing the Long-Term Care Crisis: Identifying Opportunities for Improvement Using Rapid Reviews. Can Geriatr J [Internet]. 2022 Mar. 2 [cited 2022 May 16];25(1):79-87. Available from: https://cgjonline.ca/index.php/cgj/article/view/535

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Section

Reviews