INTRODUCTION: Rises in average life expectancy, increased comorbidities and frailty among older patients lead to higher admission rates to intensive care units (ICU). During an ICU stay, loss of physical and cognitive functions may occur, causing prolonged rehabilitation. Some functions may be lost permanently, affecting quality of life (QoL). There is a lack of understanding regarding how many variables are relevant to health-related outcomes and which outcomes are significant for the QoL of frail, elderly patients following discharge from the ICU. Therefore, this scoping review aims to identify reported variables for health-related outcomes and explore perspectives regarding QoL for this patient group. METHODS AND ANALYSIS: The Joanna Briggs Institute guidelines for scoping reviews will be employed and original, peer-reviewed studies in English and Scandinavian languages published from 2013 to 2023 will be included. The search will be conducted from July 2023 to December 2023, according to the inclusion criteria in Embase, MEDLINE, PsycINFO and CINAHL. References to identified studies will be hand-searched, along with backward and forward citation searching for systematic reviews. A librarian will support and qualify the search strategy. Two reviewers will independently screen eligible studies and perform data extraction according to predefined headings. In the event of disagreements, a third reviewer will adjudicate until consensus is achieved. Results will be presented narratively and in table form and discussed in relation to relevant literature. ETHICS AND DISSEMINATION: Ethical approval is unnecessary, as the review synthesises existing research. The results will be disseminated through a peer-reviewed publication in a scientific journal.

TidsskriftBMJ Open
Udgave nummer1
Antal sider6
StatusUdgivet - jan. 2024

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