Health systems and long-term care for older people in Europe - Modelling the INTERfaces and LINKS between prevention, rehabilitation, quality of services and informal care

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Contract/Grant agreement number
: 223037
EC contribution
: € 2,974,198.00
: 36 months
Starting date
: 01/11/2008
: integrated long-term care, older people, health system, informal care, quality, governance, financing, prevention & rehabilitation.
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INTERLINKS was a three year project designed in a spiral configuration to elaborate on the INTERfaces and LINKS between health and social care, and between formal and informal care. Its main aim was to construct a general framework for describing and analysing long-term care (LTC) for frail older people. The project was co-ordinated by the European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research (Vienna) with a consortium of 15 partners from 12 Member States (AT, DE, DK, EL, ES, FI, FR, IT, NL, SE, SK, UK) and Switzerland.

The bases for this framework were laid by scientific work resulting in more than 30 national and 4 European overview reports focusing on prevention and rehabilitation, quality of care and informal carers as well as of governance and financing of LTC. These explorations underlined that LTC is still a rather new area of social protection at the interface between health and social care systems as well as between formal and informal ways of caring.

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