A systematic review of the evidence on home care reablement services

Legg, Lynn, Gladman, John R.F., Drummond, Avril E.R. and Davidson, Alex (2015) A systematic review of the evidence on home care reablement services. Clinical Rehabilitation, 30 (8). pp. 741-749. ISSN 1477-0873

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To determine whether publically funded ‘reablement services’ have any effect on patient health or use of services.


Systematic review of randomised controlled trials and non-randomized studies in which reablement interventions were compared to no care or usual care in people referred to public funded personal care services. Data sources included: Cochrane central register of controlled trials, EPOC register of studies, trials registers, Medline, Embase, and Cinhal. Searches were from 2000 up to end February 2015.


Not applicable.


Investigators’ definition of the target population for reablement interventions.

Main outcome measures

Use of publically-funded personal care services and dependence in personal activities of daily living (PADL).

Results We found no studies fulfilling our inclusion criteria that assessed the effectiveness of reablement interventions. We did note the lack of an agreed understanding of the nature of reablement.


Reablement is an ill-defined intervention targeted towards an ill-defined and potentially highly heterogeneous population/ patient group. There is no evidence to suggest it is effective at either of its goals, increasing personal independence or reducing use of personal care services.

Item Type: Article
RIS ID: https://nottingham-repository.worktribe.com/output/761258
Keywords: Reablement, older people, personal care services, multimorbidity, disability, independence, systematic review, randomized controlled trial, non-randomized controlled trial, public policy
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Medicine > Division of Rehabilitation and Ageing
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1177/0269215515603220
Depositing User: Dziunka, Patricia
Date Deposited: 28 Feb 2017 09:56
Last Modified: 04 May 2020 17:17
URI: https://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/40865

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