Technology-based interventions for health challenges older women face amid COVID-19: a systematic review protocol

Zhaohui Su, Ali Cheshmehzangi, Barry L. Bentley, Dean McDonnell, Sabina Šegalo, Junaid Ahmad, Hengcai Chen, Lori Ann Terjesen, Emma Lopez, Shelly Wagers, Feng Shi, Jaffar Abbas, Caifeng Wang, Yu-yang Cai, Yu Tao Xiang, Claudimar Pereira Da Veiga

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Abstract

Pandemics, such as COVID-19, are dangerous and socially disruptive. Though no one is immune to COVID-19, older persons often bear the brunt of its consequences. This is particularly true for older women, as they often face more pronounced health challenges relative to other segments in society, including complex care needs, insufficient care provisions, mental illness, neglect, and increased domestic abuse. To further compound the situation, because protective measures like lockdowns can result in unintended consequences, many health services older women depend on can become disrupted or discontinued amid pandemics. While technology-based interventions have the potential to provide near-time, location-free, and virtually accessible care, there is a dearth of systematic insights into this mode of care in the literature. To bridge the research gaps, this investigation aims to examine the characteristics and effectiveness of technology-based interventions that could address health challenges older women face amid COVID-19.
Original languageEnglish
Article number271(2022)
JournalSystematic Reviews
Volume11
Publication statusPublished - 13 Dec 2022

Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • Older people
  • Women
  • Technology-based interventions
  • Health disparities
  • Ageing

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