This rapid review focused on adverse outcomes resulting from increased Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) measures during the COVID-19 pandemic. This review found that care home staff suffered from increased stress and burden due to the increased IPC measures. The review identified adverse impacts to care home residents during the COVID-19 restrictions regarding mental wellbeing, cognition and behaviour. Whilst there is some evidence to show that there may be a link between IPC measures and adverse outcomes, causation cannot be assumed. This first rapid review has been included in the Welsh Government’s Technical Advisory Cell’s summary of advice.
Link to full review:
Have infection control and prevention measures resulted in any adverse outcomes for care home and domiciliary care residents and staff? RR00018_Wales_COVID-19_Evidence_Centre_Rapid_Review_Infection_control_and_prevention_measures_care_homes_November-2021.pdf (primecentre.wales)