JAL | Free Full-Text | Efficacy of the Use of Exergames in Promoting the Mental Health of the Elderly: Protocol of a Systematic Review
This proposed systematic review protocol aims to contribute to the existing literature on exergames and older adults, with a specific focus on the potential cognitive and socialization benefits of exergames for this population. By conducting this review, we intend to enhance our understanding of the subject and fill any gaps in current research. While previous studies have examined the effects of exergames on mental health in older adults, few have specifically explored their potential cognitive, emotional management, and socialization benefits. Our future review will go beyond previous research by synthesizing evidence from randomized clinical trials and observational studies, providing a comprehensive overview of current knowledge on this topic. Finally, the protocol for this review aims to help fill the gap in our understanding of how exergames can be used to improve cognitive, emotional management, and socialization function and highlight the potential benefits of integrating exergames into interventions aimed at promoting healthy mental ageing.
The existence of evidence suggests that cognitive stimulation, emotional management, and socialization are three key areas that can benefit older adults’ health and well-being through exergame use. This protocol for a systematic review focuses on these elements because they have been identified as important factors in promoting successful ageing and maintaining autonomy in older adults. By examining the effects of exergames on these specific areas, we hope to gain a more comprehensive understanding of the potential benefits of exergames for older adults. This protocol is part of a research project that aims to determine the effectiveness of exergames in promoting the autonomy of elderly individuals for potential implementation in clinical practice. The project includes two protocols: Protocol 1, which focuses on identifying exergames that are effective in physical training, and Protocol 2, which aims to determine the effectiveness of exergames in promoting mental health among elderly individuals. In Protocol 2, all types of exergames will be included, as the aim is to evaluate the effectiveness of exergames in cognitive stimulation, emotional management capacity, and socialization, which were not considered in Protocol 1. As both protocols involve systematic reviews of the literature, clear objectives have been established to ensure that the results are not confusing or unclear. Such clear objectives are necessary for obtaining more reliable conclusions.
In terms of their search terms, Protocol 1 employs keywords related to physical activity and rehabilitation, whereas Protocol 2 employs terms related to mental health and socialization. This distinction in search terms reflects each protocol’s varying outcomes of interest. Based on these results, an intervention plan will be developed aiming to promote autonomy among older people using exergames. This study will be a randomized controlled trial.
What is the effectiveness of exergames in cognitive stimulation, emotional management capacity, and socialization of older people?
What games promote cognitive stimulation, emotional management capacity, and socialization of the elderly?
How long and how often are these games effective for cognitive stimulation, emotional management training, and socialization of older people?
The proposed systematic review will have distinctive aspects that differentiate it from previous studies. For example, it will focus specifically on exergames for mental health promotion in the elderly population, which is an under-researched area. Specifically, will identify the most effective exergames for cognitive stimulation, emotional management capacity, and socialization of the elderly, which will provide valuable insights for future research and clinical practice. Additionally, it will investigate the duration and frequency with which these games should be used to achieve health improvements, which is an important practical consideration for future implementation. The results of the review will inform the selection of exergames for a randomized controlled trial aimed at promoting the autonomy of the elderly, which has important implications for improving the quality of life for this population.
The proposed study will include all articles addressing the topic without a specified time limit and studies written in English, Portuguese, Spanish, and French. However, it is worth noting that the authors speak only a few languages, which may limit the scope of the review.
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