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Development of an Instrument for Assessing Elder Care Needs
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences. Natl Board Hlth & Welf, S-10630 Stockholm, Sweden..
Natl Board Hlth & Welf, S-10630 Stockholm, Sweden..
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2017 (English)In: Research on social work practice, ISSN 1049-7315, E-ISSN 1552-7581, Vol. 27, no 3, 291-306 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Objective: To construct a needs assessment instrument for older people using a standardized terminology (International classification of functioning, disability, and health [ICF]) and assess its psychometrical properties. Method: An instrument was developed comprising questions to older people regarding their perceived care needs. The instrument's reliability, validity, and utility were tested. Forty-one social workers and 251 older people participated. Results: The questions were sufficiently unambiguous (inter-rater reliability, intraclass correlation = .60-.80); measured a person's care and service needs to a satisfactory extent (criteria validity, agreement between social workers' and older people's assessments = 72-94%); both social workers and older people considered the questions useful; and the needs of older people were documented in social records to a greater extent when the instrument was used. Conclusion: The psychometric properties of the instrument support its use by social workers to gain relevant information on elder care needs.

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2017. Vol. 27, no 3, 291-306 p.
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instrument, old, needs assessment, ICF
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Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-323451DOI: 10.1177/1049731515572913ISI: 000400135000003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-323451DiVA: diva2:1119634
Available from: 2017-07-04 Created: 2017-07-04 Last updated: 2017-07-04Bibliographically approved

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