The role of unregistered healthcare workers in preventing readmission to hospital: a systematic review protocol

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The purpose of this review is to synthesize the best available evidence regarding the impact that clinical interventions, carried out by unregistered healthcare workers (HCWs), have on readmissions for adult patients discharged in the previous 30 days from an acute setting to their usual place of residence.
The objective of the qualitative component of the review is to synthesize the best available evidence regarding the appropriateness of clinical interventions by unregistered HCWs and their impact on the patient pathway.
The objective of the quantitative component of the review is to synthesize the best available evidence regarding the effectiveness of clinical interventions prescribed by registered practitioners and carried out by community based unregistered HCWs on: a) premature readmission after discharge following an admission to an acute setting, and b) maintaining care in the usual place of residence.
Another objective of the quantitative component of the review is to synthesize the best available evidence regarding the incidence and causes of readmission in relation to unregistered HCWs interventions.
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