Scoping review of access to services for older people

Sheffield contact:  Melanie Rimmer

What are the aims of this project?

  • To identify existing published research that examines patterns of access to services and interventions by age
  • To summarise the findings in relation to age-related inequalities
  • To describe the ‘state of the art’ in this area of research and identify areas for improvementscoping review photo 1

Why is this important?

Older people may be less likely to receive potentially beneficial interventions than those who are younger due to a range of factors operating at individual, family, community and health service levels. Healthcare inequities may have important net negative effects on public health, and may result in greater health or social care usage.

How will the research be carried out?

Academic databases will be searched for published research about age-related inequalities in the receipt of public health and health care interventions in older people. Relevant papers will be collected and analysed for information about whether inequities were found, but also how the researchers went about finding this out. A report will be written which describes both the approaches taken by researchers investigating this area, as well as the pattern of inequalities they found.


March 2014 – January 2016

Who is undertaking the research?

Professor Nick Payne (project lead), Professor Sarah Salway, Melanie Rimmer, Dr Stef Buckner (University of Cambridge, Department of Public Health and Primary Care)

How are stakeholders being engaged?

In February 2015 ScHARR researchers (Sarah Salway, Nick Payne, Katie Powell, Hannah Jordan and Melanie Rimmer) and Sheffield 50+ hosted an engagement event to provide an opportunity to share research-in-progress from the NIHR SPHR Ageing Well Programme and gain critical input from members of the public, public health practitioners from statutory and voluntary sector and commissioners. 

What will be the outputs from the study?

Presentation given at 44th Annual British Gerontological Society Conference 2015, Newcastle upon Tyne