Lauren C. Blekkenhorst
Jonathan M. Hodgson
Taylor and Francis
School of Medical and Health Sciences / School of Arts and Humanities
Edith Cowan University - Open Access Support Scheme 2020
National Heart Foundation of Australia
National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia
NHMRC Number : APP1116937, 1172987
Background: Non-invasive screening for atherosclerosis or asymptomatic cardiovascular disease of the coronary and carotid arteries is commonly undertaken, and research has been focussed on how results from these screenings lead to behaviour change. However, no review has focused on the effects of these results on mental distress and quality of life. This protocol will outline how a scoping review will be conducted to map all available evidence on mental distress or quality of life outcomes following the provision of vascular imaging results of the coronary and carotid arteries.
Methods: Arksey and O’Malley’s (2005) framework will guide the scoping review. Databases such as MEDLINE (Clarivate), APA PsychINFO, EMBASE, Social Work Abstracts, Psychology and Behavioural Sciences Collection, and Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature (CINAHL) will be searched using MeSH terms such as "Coronary stenosis", "Carotid Stenosis", "Psychological Distress" and "Quality of Life" and related terms. Two investigators will screen title and abstract and all articles meeting inclusion criteria will be extracted. Data on authors, publication year, country of origin, aims/purpose, methodology, intervention, outcome measures as well as key findings that relate to the scoping review questions will be extracted for each included study. The findings will be presented using tables and thematic narrative synthesis. The scoping review will not produce a pooled estimate of the impact of vascular imaging results on mental distress and quality of life but will present information from the included studies related to mental distress and QOL.
Conclusion: The review will highlight and address gaps in knowledge and provide direction for future investigations.
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