The Do-Well study: Randomised controlled trial, economic and process evaluation of domiciliary welfare rights advice for socio-economically disadvantaged older people recruited via primary health care

From December 2011 to May 2015
Project Leader(s): Professor Martin White (PI), Dr Suzanne Moffatt, Dr Elaine McColl, Dr Katie Lock, Dr Mark Deverill, Ms Denise Howel, Dr Eugene Milne
Contact: Project Manager – Dr Katie Lock:
Sponsors: NIHR PHR
Partners: Institute for Ageing and Health, Newcastle University and School for Health, Durham University North East SHA

Older people in poor health are more likely to need extra money, aids and adaptations to allow them to stay in their homes, yet many do not claim the welfare benefits to which they are entitled.

This study is a randomised controlled trial of a domiciliary welfare rights advice service for low income older people recruited from general practices in North East England. The study will investigate the effects of the service on health and well-being.

Delivery of such services pro-actively can result in increased financial and material benefits for patients; improved health related quality of life, increased social participation, decreased stress and anxiety and improved mental health. This study will provide robust evidence about the impact of welfare rights advice for older people that can be used in future to inform commissioning of such services.

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