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Involving older people in co-designing an intervention to reverse frailty and build resilience.

Authors
  • Travers, John1, 2
  • Romero-Ortuno, Roman3, 4
  • Ní Shé, Éidin5
  • Cooney, Marie-Therese1, 6
  • 1 School of Medicine, University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland. , (Ireland)
  • 2 Trinity College Dublin HSE Specialist Training Programme in General Practice, Dublin, Ireland. , (Ireland)
  • 3 Global Brain Health Institute, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. , (Ireland)
  • 4 Mercer's Institute for Successful Aging, St James's Hospital, Dublin, Ireland. , (Ireland)
  • 5 School of Population Health, Faculty of Medicine & Health, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. , (Australia)
  • 6 Department of Geriatric Medicine, St Vincent's University Hospital, Dublin, Ireland. , (Ireland)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Family Practice
Publisher
Oxford University Press
Publication Date
Jan 19, 2022
Volume
39
Issue
1
Pages
200–206
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1093/fampra/cmab084
PMID: 34268566
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

Our research paper describes how we involved 112 older adults in the co-design of an intervention aiming to reverse frailty and build resilience. Involving participants in research can improve its feasibility and impact. However, there have been few studies involving older people in frailty research and involvement has fallen further during the Covid-19 pandemic. Involvement of older people was undertaken in three stages. Eighteen over 65-year-olds helped co-design an exercise intervention in two group discussions. Ninety-four older adults contributed intervention feedback in one-on-one telephone interviews over nine months. Ten contributors helped optimise the intervention in three online workshops. The co-designed intervention involved resistance exercises and dietary guidance and will be tested in a full randomised control trial. We enabled the meaningful involvement of 112 older people in our research in diverse ways. Inclusive involvement can be achieved during a pandemic.

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