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Home based health promotion intervention for older people with early frailty


To develop and test the feasibility and acceptability and costs of a home based health promotion intervention for older people with early frailty.


2014 – 2017

Research team

Jill Manthorpe (SCWRU), Ben Gardner (KCL), Kate Walters (PI), Kalpa Kharicha, Steve Iliffe, Rachel Hunter (UCL), Claire Goodman (University of Hertfordshire), Vari Drennan (St George’s University of London)


National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Health Technology Assessment programme


The study has four elements. First, an evidence synthesis and systematic reviews will be carried out. This will be followed by a qualitative study comprising interviews with older people with early frailty and focus groups with carers, home care workers, and community health professionals. The third phase will be the development and manualisation of an intervention: using a co-design methodology and stakeholder panel meetings. The final phase will be a feasibility study to see if a Randomised Controlled Trial might be possible.


The study started in late 2014. The evidence synthesis and reviews were submitted for publication in 2016 and the early fieldwork in two sites has also been completed.


We will publish a range of outputs, including articles focusing on different aspects of health promotion and behavioural change.


We will inform practitioners, carers, policymakers, and other researchers of our findings and contribute to the evidence about pre-frailty.

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