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Methodological Development of the Interactive INTERLINKS Framework for Long Term Care

Billings, Jenny Ruth, Leichsenring, Kai (2014) Methodological Development of the Interactive INTERLINKS Framework for Long Term Care. International Journal of Integrated Care, 14 . E-ISSN 1568-4156. (doi:10.5334/ijic.1173)

Abstract

There is increasing international research into health and social care services for older people in need of long-term care (LTC), but problems remain with respect to acquiring robust comparative information to enable judgements to be made regarding the most beneficial and cost-effective approaches. The project ‘INTERLINKS’ (‘Health systems and LTC for older people in Europe’) funded by the EU 7th Framework programme was developed to address the challenges associated with the accumulation and comparison of evidence in LTC across Europe. It developed a concept and method to describe and analyse LTC and its links with the health and social care system through the accumulation of policy and practice examples on an interactive web-based framework for LTC. This paper provides a critical overview of the theoretical and methodological approaches used to develop and implement the INTERLINKS Framework for LTC, with the aim of providing some guidance to researchers in this area. INTERLINKS has made a significant contribution to knowledge but robust evidence and comparability across European countries remain problematic due to the current and growing complexity and diversity of integrated LTC implementation.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.5334/ijic.1173
Uncontrolled keywords: long-term care; older people; integrated care; systems theory; evidence
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC952 Geriatrics
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Centre for Health Services Studies
Depositing User: Jenny Billings
Date Deposited: 06 Jun 2014 14:15 UTC
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2020 04:09 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/41308 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Billings, Jenny Ruth: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5660-9478
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