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Services and Health for Elderly in Long TERm care

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One of the most relevant obstacles to assess and compare nursing home (NH) services and patients across countries relates to the fact that standardised and validated methodologies are not routinely in use in daily practice in Europe. We proposed to conduct a study aimed to validate the use of the Minimum Data Set (MDS) as a methodology to assess provision of care in NHs in Europe. Such a methodology will make it possible to:

  1. measure patients' outcomes and identify predictors of outcomes;
  2. evaluate and monitor quality of care provided and identify incentives to improve quality and enhance prevention;
  3. compare structural and organisational characteristics of NH services in European countries.

Mr Filippo E. Leone PhD
Head of Research Office
UniversitÓ Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
Roma, Italy
EC contribution: EUR 2 350 758
Duration: 36 months
Starting date: 01/01/2009
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