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Developing Quality and Outcomes Measures for Community Equipment Services

Smith, Nick, Netten, Ann (2007) Developing Quality and Outcomes Measures for Community Equipment Services. In: British Society of Gerontology Annual Conference, September 2007, The University of Sheffield. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Community equipment services are increasingly seen as a key element in enabling older and disabled people greater levels of independence and the ability to stay in their own homes. Recent government investment in the expansion of equipment services bears witness to the view that community equipment services are a cost effective way of helping promote independence among older and disabled people. Despite this, there is a lack of adequate measures of both quality and outcomes within equipment services. Those measurement tools that do exist tend to focus almost exclusively on the equipment itself, often on the impact of an individual piece of equipment on a persons functioning or have been developed in the context of another areas. This paper draws on a project that explores the outcomes and quality of community equipment services. Dimensions of quality and outcomes within community equipment services were explored using focus groups with users of equipment services, interviews with those who assess equipment needs, a survey of equipment providers and a review of previous research, whilst the development of quality and outcomes indicators was aided by cognitive interviews with users of equipment. The presentation will discuss the dimensions of quality and outcomes that were identified and the development of quality and outcome indicators. The results of this work will form the basis of the planned national User Experience Survey on equipment and equipment services that local authorities will be required to conduct early in 2008.

Item Type: Conference or workshop item (Paper)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Personal Social Services Research Unit
Depositing User: Nick Smith
Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2014 13:06 UTC
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2019 10:38 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/45045 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Smith, Nick: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9793-6988
Netten, Ann: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2567-8523
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