How effective and cost effective are innovative combinatorial technologies and practices for supporting older people with long-term conditions to remain well in the community?:An evaluation protocol for an NHS Test Bed in North West England

Varey, Sandra Elaine and Hernandez Huerta, Maria Alejandra and Palmer, Thomas Michael and Mateus, Ceu and Wilkinson, Joann and Dixon, Mandy Patricia and Milligan, Christine (2018) How effective and cost effective are innovative combinatorial technologies and practices for supporting older people with long-term conditions to remain well in the community?:An evaluation protocol for an NHS Test Bed in North West England. BMJ Open, 8 (2). ISSN 2044-6055

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Abstract

Introduction: The Lancashire and Cumbria Innovation Alliance (LCIA) Test Bed is a partnership between National Health Services in England (NHS), industry (led by Philips) and Lancaster University. Through the implementation of a combination of innovative health technologies and practices, it aims to determine the most effective and cost effective ways of supporting frail older people with long-term conditions to remain well in the community. Among the Test Bed’s objectives are to: improve patient activation and the ability of older people to self-care at home; reduce healthcare system utilisation; and deliver increased workforce productivity. Methods and Analysis: Patients aged 55 years and over are recruited to four cohorts defined by their risk of hospital admission, with long-term conditions including COPD, dementia, diabetes and heart failure. The programme is determined on an individual basis, with a range of technologies available. The evaluation is adopting a two-phase approach: Phase 1 includes a bespoke patient survey and a mass matched control analysis; and Phase 2 is using observational interviews with patients, and weekly diaries, action learning meetings and focus groups with members of staff and other key stakeholders. Phase 1 data analysis consists of a statistical evaluation of the effectiveness of the programme. A health economic analysis of its costs and associated cost changes will be undertaken. Phase 2 data will be analysed thematically with the aid of Atlas.ti qualitative software. The evaluation is located within a logic model framework, to consider the processes, management and participation that may have implications for the Test Bed’s success. Ethics and Dissemination: The LCIA Test Bed evaluation has received ethical approval from the Health Research Authority and Lancaster University’s Faculty of Health and Medicine Research Ethics Committee. A range of dissemination methods are adopted including deliberative panels to validate findings and develop outcomes for policy and practice.

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Journal Article
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BMJ Open
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08 Feb 2018 16:08
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