The nexus between obesity, health and social care needs for older adults: a literature review

Ghosh, Gargi, Khan, Hafiz T.A. ORCID: and Thomas, Jane ORCID: (2019) The nexus between obesity, health and social care needs for older adults: a literature review. Illness, Crisis & Loss. ISSN 1054-1373

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Objectives: The paper aims to critically review the literature on the consequence of obesity among older adults and its association with health, wellbeing and social care need.
Methods: A search was conducted using, primarily, three databases: CINAHL Complete, MEDLINE and Academic Search Elite with the help of Boolean Operators. Inclusion and exclusion criteria were set to avoid bias in the selection of articles. Publications were reviewed to identify the impact of obesity among older people in terms of health and social care needs and to establish a relation between them.
Results: The gap of the literature has been identified concerning obesity in the elderly, their health status, wellbeing and social care need. The research questions were formulated to satisfy the gap of the literature. A conceptual model was developed to map out the theoretical threads to form a diagrammatic representation to satisfy the research questions based on existing literature.
Conclusions: The literature review established that the degree of disabilities and co-morbidities related to obesity are directly proportionate and identified the gaps in the literature, where further research work is needed. The research objectives were built according to the identified gaps, the research questions were formulated to satisfy the research objectives, and a conceptual framework was also drawn to establish the links between the research questions. This review will guide a way forward to explore the unmet care needs of the ageing society.

Item Type: Article
Identifier: 10.1177/1054137319882156
Additional Information: Acknowledgements: This is a part of Gargi Ghosh's PhD research study at the University of West London. The authors are grateful to the College of Nursing, Midwifery, and Healthcare for supporting her doctoral study. This is the author accepted version of an article due to be published in the journal of Illness, Crisis & Loss published by Sage. Reuse is restricted to non-commercial and no derivative uses. Ghosh, G., Khan, H. T. A., & Thomas,J., The Nexus Between Obesity, Health and Social Care Needs for Older Adults: A Literature Review, Illness, Crisis & Loss. Copyright © 2019 (Ghosh, Khan & Thomas). DOI: 10.1177/1054137319882156.
Keywords: obesity, older adults, morbidity, health and well-being, social care, unmet care
Subjects: Medicine and health > Health promotion and public health
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Depositing User: Hafiz T.A. Khan
Date Deposited: 24 Oct 2019 15:32
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2024 16:01


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