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Using longitudinal qualitative research to explore extra care housing

Cameron, Ailsa, Johnson, Eleanor K, Lloyd, Liz, Evans, Simon, Smith, Randall, Porteus, Jeremy, Darton, Robin, Atkinson, Teresa (2019) Using longitudinal qualitative research to explore extra care housing. International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health & Well-being, 14 (1). pp. 1-10. ISSN 1748-2623. E-ISSN 1748-2631. (doi:10.1080/17482631.2019.1593038)

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Abstract

Purpose: The process of individual ageing in the context of a care environment is marked by continuity and change. It is shaped by individual, health-related factors as well as by diverse social and environmental factors, including characteristics of the places where older people live. The aim of this paper was to explore how longitudinal qualitative research, as a research method, could be used to explore older people’s changing care needs. Methods: The study used a longitudinal design to examine how the care and support needs of residents and their expectations of services developed over time and how these were influenced by changes in the organisation of their housing as well as in the make-up of the resident population. Residents were interviewed on four occasions over twenty months. Results: The study highlighted the complex ways in which some participants proactively managed the care and support they received, which we argue would have been difficult to discern through other methods. Conclusion: The study adds to the growing evidence base that supports the use of qualitative longitudinal research, the approach enables the researcher to capture the diverse and mutable nature of older people’s experiences at a time of profound change in their lives.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/17482631.2019.1593038
Projects: [UNSPECIFIED] The Provision of Social Care in Extra Care Housing (ECHO)
Uncontrolled keywords: Qualitative longitudinal research; older people; extra care housing; care needs
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Personal Social Services Research Unit
Depositing User: Robin Darton
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2019 11:42 UTC
Last Modified: 22 Aug 2019 11:06 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/72862 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Cameron, Ailsa: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0201-0993
Johnson, Eleanor K: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0968-3859
Lloyd, Liz: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9624-9614
Evans, Simon: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2919-8167
Smith, Randall: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7997-5104
Darton, Robin: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8242-790X
Atkinson, Teresa: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2020-7239
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