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Unplanned hospital admissions are a major concern for UK health services, costing an estimated £12.5 billion annually. Many are for older people who are more likely to end up in the hospital; if they do, they may get stuck there due to a lack of community resources. Thus community-based models of care need to be developed based on robust evidence synthesis to address this pressing need. Similarly, NHS England has proposed an enhanced service to provide more personalised support for patients most at risk of unplanned admission, readmission and A&E attendances, but currently, the evidence for advanced care planning is lacking.

Planned Reviews

1.1     Accuracy of self-diagnosis in ambulatory sensitive conditions- Diagnostic accuracy review

1.2     Accuracy of testing for serious infection in the immunocompromised in ambulatory care

1.3     Does health and social care provision for the community dwelling older population help to reduce unplanned secondary care, support timely appropriate discharge, and improve patient wellbeing? A mixed method meta-review of systematic reviews.

Alyson Huntley, Lorna Duncan, Shoba Dawson, Dawn Craig, Fiona Beyer, Patience Kunonga, Chris Salisbury, Matthew Booker, Ailsa Cameron, Ruth McDonald, Barbara Hanratty, Gemma Spiers

 (Link to Protocol

 1.4     Does advanced care planning (ACP) for older people help to reduce unplanned hospital admissions and improve quality of life?

Dawn Craig, Joy Adamson, Fiona Beyer, Patience Kunonga, Alyson Huntley, Louise Robinson, Shoba Dawson

(Link to Protocol

1.5 What are predictors of unplanned admissions in older people?

1.6 A systematic review and evidence synthesis of patient outcomes, healthcare resource use, acceptability and feasibility of triage, self-referral and direct access services for patients with musculoskeletal pain

Opeyemi Babatunde, Annette Bishop, Elizabeth Cottrell Cottrell, Joanne Jordan, Nadia Corp, Kym Snell, Katrina Humphries, Tina Hadley-Barrows, Alyson Huntley, Danielle van der Windt

(Link to Protocol

1.7 Examining moderators of the effectiveness of self-management support in reducing urgent healthcare use in patients with respiratory conditions

Workstream leads

Annette Pluddemann (Oxford) & Alyson Huntley (Bristol), Dawn Craig (Newcastle)