Evidence of Care of the Aged in Ghana -A Scoping Review Protocol

International Journal of Nursing and Health Science
© 2019 by SSRG - IJNHS Journal
Volume 5 Issue 1
Year of Publication : 2019
Authors : Irene Korkoi Aboh, Akon Emmanuel Ndiok, Busisiwe P. Ncama
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Irene Korkoi Aboh, Akon Emmanuel Ndiok, Busisiwe P. Ncama, "Evidence of Care of the Aged in Ghana -A Scoping Review Protocol," SSRG International Journal of Nursing and Health Science, vol. 5,  no. 1, pp. 1-5, 2019. Crossref, https://doi.org/10.14445/24547484/IJNHS-V5I1P101


There is the perception that the world’s population is fast aging, with deteriorating health status of the older populations and neglect of the sub-Saharan Africa region. It has therefore become a bit difficult for families with little resources to look after their own in ranges where the elderly did not adequately prepare well.

A. Methods and Analysis: The strategy for this review will be done by in-depth search of electronic databases such as CINAHL, PubMed, EBSCO (PsycINFO), and Google scholar. Eligible studies acknowledged will be categorized in age, the number of participants, geographical dispensation, setting, method of care delivery, client outcomes, and authors’ discussions and conclusions. Three reviewers will work on this project. The review will be done in three stages: stage one will map out studies by focus and methodology; stage two will be limiting the search to year range, and it also will involve the use of inclusion and exclusion criteria for data search by two of the three reviewers independently. The third reviewer will assess the convergence of data search and analysis between the two independent reviewers for discrepancies to be resolved through discussion and mediation. Stage three will be a thematic analysis of the data with the relevant extracted outcomes.

B. Discussion: It is anticipated that some studies will be found on the care of the aged by caretakers of all categories. The data that will be extracted is expected to provide evidence of what care is given to the aged in their homes and the gaps that may exist to directly stimulate future primary research in aged care. The protocol has been registered on PROSPERO with registration number CDR42016049096.

C. Dissemination: The study will be shared through electronic and print media at relevant workshops, conferences, and in the academic circles where issues in caring for the aged is concerned. The results will also be published in peer-reviewed journals as well.


Assisted care, Cape Coast, Ghana, policy, preparation, traditional care.


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