Measurement of older adults' social networks using technologies in the context of health and social care: a scoping review protocol.

Journal Article (Journal Article)


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.


Research has shown that social networks impact the health and well-being 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 well-being 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.


PubMed (MEDLINE), Sociological Abstracts, SocINDEX, CINAHL, and Web of Science will be searched for related articles. Gray 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.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Wei, S; McConnell, ES; Wright-Freeman, K; Woodward, A; Kang, B; Corazzini, KN

Published Date

  • April 2020

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 18 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 814 - 823

PubMed ID

  • 32813342

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2689-8381

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 2689-8381

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.11124/jbisrir-d-18-00008


  • eng