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Research project: A realist synthesis of evidence on the effectiveness of interventions that aim to prevent urinary tract infection among older people living in care homes (StOP UTI)

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The School of Health Sciences, University of Southampton, is leading on this important research study funded by the National Institute for Health Research Health Technology Assessment Programme. This study’s aim is to find out how and why different approaches to preventing and recognising UTI might work for older people in care home settings in a way that takes account of their complex needs and the care environment.

Study website

NIHR journals library

Prospero registration

This study is using realist review methodology to develop an explanatory understanding of what it is about an intervention or approach that supports or inhibits its successful implementation in preventing and recognising UTI among older people living in care homes.

This theory-driven approach to the review and synthesis of evidence will draw on literature from health and social care, including primary research relating to UTI prevention in older people in care homes and improvement project reports in grey literature.

Stakeholders, including users of care home services, their care partners and families, providers of services, service commissioners and other relevant organisations, will be involved throughout the process to inform the development of our initial and refined programme theory and establish its practical relevance and potential.

The synthesis will examine the relationship between interventions and the context in which they are applied, thereby providing explanations about the causal mechanisms and what outcomes they produce.

Funding

NIHR HTA

Associated research themes

Bladder & Bowel Management Reserach Group

NIHR ARC Wessex Ageing and Dementia theme

NIHR CRN Portfolio Health Services Research Specialty

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