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A Must-Read HELP Research Update: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis on HELP’s Effectiveness

New research from first author Dr. Tammy Hshieh and HELP's own Dr. Sharon Inouye and Sarah Gartaganis has recently been published in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. This systematic review and meta-analysis was conducted to look at the evidence of how the HELP program works and highlight its effectiveness and cost savings. The research team did a review of the existing literature on HELP, selecting 14 articles for the meta-analysis and 30 articles to examine cost savings, adherence and adaptations to the program, and the role of volunteers, among other topics. The study found that the HELP program is effective in reducing incidence of delirium and the rate of falls, in addition to decreasing length of hospital stay and preventing institutionalization (patient discharge to a nursing home or long-term care facility). The research team concluded that HELP has emerged as a reference standard model for improving the quality of care for hospitalized older adults. 

Click here to read this exciting update in HELP research summarizing how HELP can improve hospital care of older adults.