Care-Related Quality of Life in Old Age

Concepts, Models, and Empirical Findings

Editors: Vaarama, Marja, Pieper, Richard, Sixsmith, Andrew (Eds.)

  • Includes new instruments for evaluation of care
  • Research was financed by the EU, and it involved studies in Finland, Estonia, Germany, Sweden and the United Kingdom
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About this book

It’s a core issue at the heart of elder care: while best-practice data exist for long-term care, quality of life as a concept, measure and standard for care outcomes remains elusive. The result of an ambitious European research initiative, the Care Keys Project addresses quality of life issues among frail, care-dependent seniors, taking their social as well as health needs into account. Care-Related Quality of Life in Old Age explains the theory behind Care Keys, its methodology, empirical findings, and practical considerations in promoting effective, efficient elder care aimed at social and emotional well-being and including disabled and cognitively impaired patients. This important book:

  • Brings together gerontological knowledge from medical, psychology, nursing, sociology, economics, and health care systems perspectives.
  • Introduces an integrated theory of care-related quality of life that emphasizes social, emotional and mental aspects as well as physical longevity.
  • Presents a practice oriented framework for quality management of long-term care toward improving elders’ quality of life.
  • Examines quality of life in home and long-term care settings across the five European member countries of Care Keys.
  • Describes the Care Keys Toolkit, featuring innovative measures for monitoring and evaluating care and troubleshooting for problem areas.

For those charged with improvements at any level of this vital area—administrative, policy, research, professional, or student—this volume will bring new insights and stimulation for potential answers on the complex challenges of elder health care.

About the authors

Marja Vaarama is Professor of Social Work and Social Gerontology at the University of Lapland, Finland. Her areas of research include quality of life in old age, quality and performance of long-term care for older people, gerontological social work, information technology for planning, evaluation and management of long term care for older people. She is the co-ordinator of the EU-funded Care Keys research project.

Richard Pieper is Professor of Urban Studies and Social Planning at the University of Bamberg, Germany. His main fields of research are in theory of social and regional integration and collective identity, and aging and technology, elderly care planning, and social and health care systems.

Andrew Sixsmith is Lecturer in Social Gerontology in the Department of Primary Care at the University of Liverpool. His current research interests focus on new technologies to facilitate the delivery of community health and welfare services.

Reviews

From the reviews:

"This book presents the findings of the Care Keys project, research that focused on quality of life in old age, especially persons who are vulnerable, frail, or disabled, carried out in Finland, Estonia, Sweden, and the U.K. … Professionals specializing in geriatrics and having a background in research process and tools will be most interested in this book. … The extensive reference lists at the end of each section are a valuable part of the book." (Sharon G. Thomas, Doody’s Review Services, February 2008)


Table of contents (14 chapters)

  • The General Framework and Methods of the Care Keys Research

    Vaarama, Professor of Social Gerontolog Marja (et al.)

    Pages 3-18

  • Instrumentation of the Care Keys Research

    Vaarama, Professor of Social Gerontolog Marja (et al.)

    Pages 19-44

  • Care Keys Data and Statistical Methods

    Tiit, Ene-Margit (et al.)

    Pages 45-61

  • The Concept of Care-Related Quality of Life

    Vaarama, Professor of Social Gerontolog Marja (et al.)

    Pages 65-101

  • The Concept of Quality of Long-Term Care

    Vaarama, Professor of Social Gerontolog Marja (et al.)

    Pages 102-124

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Hardcover $149.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Care-Related Quality of Life in Old Age
Book Subtitle
Concepts, Models, and Empirical Findings
Editors
  • Marja Vaarama
  • Richard Pieper
  • Andrew Sixsmith
Copyright
2008
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag New York
eBook ISBN
978-0-387-72169-9
DOI
10.1007/978-0-387-72169-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-387-72168-2
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4419-2467-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 338
Number of Illustrations and Tables
96 b/w illustrations
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