Measurement of older adults' social networks using technologies in the context of health and social care: a scoping review protocol.
OBJECTIVE:This scoping review aims to identify and map the use of technology in measuring and analyzing older adults' social networks in the context of health and social care. INTRODUCTION:Research has shown that social networks impact the health and wellbeing of older adults. Advancements in the internet, electronic and digital devices, social media, and healthcare technology enhance our ability to collect social network and health data. These rapidly evolving technologies present opportunities to overcome limitations in social network measurement and promote improved understanding of the impact of social networks on the health and wellbeing of older adults. INCLUSION CRITERIA:This scoping review will include studies of older adults that measured social networks using technology and were related to health or health and social care. Studies published in English from 2004 to the present will be included. Books, editorials, letters and commentaries will be excluded. METHODS:PubMed (MEDLINE), Sociological Abstracts, SocINDEX, CINAHL, and Web of Science will be searched for related articles. Grey literature will be included by searching conference abstracts via Conference Papers Index and hand-searching conference proceedings from the American Sociological Society and the Gerontological Society of America. Data will be extracted by two independent reviewers using an a priori data extraction tool. Tables and summary narratives will be used to map and synthesize existing approaches to measuring social networks using technology, the settings for measurement development or testing, and the use of approaches in discovery science, implementation science, or clinical care.
Wei, S; McConnell, ES; Wright-Freeman, K; Woodward, A; Kang, B; Corazzini, KN
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