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Older people: strategies for maintaining independence
  1. Margaret Dunham
  1. School of Health and Social Care, Edinburgh Napier University, Edinburgh, UK
  1. Correspondence to Professor Margaret Dunham, School of Health and Social Care, Edinburgh Napier University, Edinburgh, UK; m.dunham{at}

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Commentary on: Crocker TF, Ensor J, Lam N, et al. Community based complex interventions to sustain independence in older people: systematic review and network meta-analysis. BMJ 2024 Mar 21;384.

Implications for practice and research

  • Individualised care planning and effective and regular medication review are fundamental to ensuring the independence of older people living in the community.

  • More research is needed to identify the particular health and social care interventions which are most beneficial to the ageing population.


Globally, by 2025, the proportion of older people ≥60 years will double to one-fifth of the total world population.1 The importance of identifying evidence-based methods to support the independence of our ageing populations is evident to support the growing care needs of the aged and frail.1 In industrialised nations, the numbers of people living well beyond …

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  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.