Developing the evidence base for hygiene and emollient practices
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Developing the evidence base for hygiene and emollient practices

Fiona Cowdell Reader, Faculty of Health and Social Care, University of Hull

The gap in knowledge in this vital area of nursing care demands a systematic review, says Fiona Cowdell

Maintaining skin integrity is an essential part of ensuring health and wellbeing in older people, and personal hygiene and emollient practices are central in achieving this aim. As nurses we are expected to deliver evidence-based care. However, there is a significant lack of evidence about how best we should provide day-to-day care that promotes skin health for older people.

This article briefly examines the concept of evidence-based practice, reveals the gap in knowledge on skin hygiene and emollient practices for older people and justifies the need for a systematic review in this area. Finally it introduces a Cochrane protocol for a review that will collate and review existing knowledge and identify areas for future research. The application to practice of the new evidence generated either by the Cochrane review or by subsequent research is examined.

Nursing Older People. 27, 4, 16-20. doi: 10.7748/nop.27.4.16.e690


Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 10 February 2015

Accepted: 20 March 2015