Technology-based interventions for nursing home residents: A systematic review protocol

Zhaohui Su, Kylie Meyer, Yue Li, Dean McDonnell, Nitha Mathew Joseph, Xiaoshan Li, Yan Du, Shailesh Advani, Ali Cheshmehzangi, Junaid Ahmad, Claudimar Pereira Da Veiga, Roger Yat Nork Chung, Jing Wang, Xiaoning Hao

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Introduction A growing number of technology-based interventions are used to support the health and quality of life of nursing home residents. The onset of COVID-19 and recommended social distancing policies that followed led to an increased interest in technology-based solutions to provide healthcare and promote health. Yet, there are no comprehensive resources on technology-based healthcare solutions that describe their efficacy for nursing home residents. This systematic review will identify technology-based interventions designed for nursing home residents and describe the characteristics and effects of these interventions concerning the distinctive traits of nursing home residents and nursing facilities. Additionally, this paper will present practical insights into the varying intervention approaches that can assist in the delivery of broad digital health solutions for nursing home residents amid and beyond the impact of COVID-19. Methods and analysis Databases including the PubMed, PsycINFO, CINAHL and Scopus will be used to identify articles related to technology-based interventions for nursing home residents published between 1 January 2010 to 30 September 2021. Titles, abstracts and full-text papers will be reviewed against the eligibility criteria. The Cochrane Collaboration evaluation framework will be adopted to examine the risk of bias of the included study. The Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses procedures will be followed for the reporting process and implications for existing interventions and research evaluated by a multidisciplinary research team. Ethics and dissemination As the study is a protocol for a systematic review, ethical approval is not required. The study findings will be disseminated via peer-reviewed publications and conference presentations. Trial registration number CRD 42020191880.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere056142
JournalBMJ open
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 01 Dec 2021


  • biotechnology & bioinformatics
  • COVID-19
  • geriatric medicine
  • health informatics
  • public health
  • telemedicine


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