The prevalence, impact and management of musculoskeletal disorders in older people living in care homes:a systematic review

Smith, Toby, Purdy, Rachel, Latham, Sarah, Kingsbury, Sarah, Mulley, Graham and Conaghan, Philip (2016) The prevalence, impact and management of musculoskeletal disorders in older people living in care homes:a systematic review. Rheumatology International, 36 (1). pp. 55-64. ISSN 1437-160X

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Abstract

Purpose: To systematically review the literature describing the prevalence, impact and current management of musculoskeletal pain in older people living in care homes. Materials and Methods: Published (AMED, CINAHL, EMBASE, psycINFO, MEDLINE, Cochrane Library) and unpublished (OpenGrey, the WHO International Clinical Trials Registry Platform, Current Controlled Trials, UK National Research Register Archive) literature was searched on the 1st March 2015. All studies assessing the prevalence, impact and management of musculoskeletal disorders in older people living in care homes was included. Literature was appraised using the CASP cohort and qualitative critical appraisal tools. Data were analysed using descriptive statistical approaches, meta-analysis and meta-ethnography techniques. Principle Results: Twenty-four papers reporting the results of 263,775 care home residents in 12 countries were identified. The evidence-base was moderate in quality. Prevalence of musculoskeletal pain for people in care homes was 30.2% (95% confidence intervals: 29.9% to 30.5%; n=105,463). Care home residents reported that musculoskeletal pain had a significant impact on their perceived independence and overall ability to participate in everyday activities of daily living. Three papers which presented data on interventions demonstrated that whilst multi-component assessment and management packages did not significantly change clinical outcomes, these empowered care home staff to feel more confident in managing these patients. Major Conclusions: Musculoskeletal pain is a common problem in care homes worldwide and residents report significant impact on their lives. However there is uncertainty regarding how to assess and manage such pain.

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Additional Information: The online version of this article (doi:10.​1007/​s00296-015-3322-1) contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.
Uncontrolled Keywords: pain,elderly,residential home,nursing home,treatment,prevalence
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Health Sciences
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 17 Mar 2016 13:34
Last Modified: 22 Apr 2020 00:19
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/57559
DOI: 10.1007/s00296-015-3322-1

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