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Methodological development of the interactive INTERLINKS Framework for Long-term Care.

Billings J, Leichsenring K - Int J Integr Care (2014)

Bottom Line: There is increasing international research into health and social care services for older people in need of long-term care (LTC), but problems remain with respect to acquiring robust comparative information to enable judgements to be made regarding the most beneficial and cost-effective approaches.The project 'INTERLINKS' ('Health systems and LTC for older people in Europe') funded by the EU 7th Framework programme was developed to address the challenges associated with the accumulation and comparison of evidence in LTC across Europe.INTERLINKS has made a significant contribution to knowledge but robust evidence and comparability across European countries remain problematic due to the current and growing complexity and diversity of integrated LTC implementation.

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Affiliation: Applied Health Research, Centre for Health Service Studies, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, UK.

ABSTRACT
There is increasing international research into health and social care services for older people in need of long-term care (LTC), but problems remain with respect to acquiring robust comparative information to enable judgements to be made regarding the most beneficial and cost-effective approaches. The project 'INTERLINKS' ('Health systems and LTC for older people in Europe') funded by the EU 7th Framework programme was developed to address the challenges associated with the accumulation and comparison of evidence in LTC across Europe. It developed a concept and method to describe and analyse LTC and its links with the health and social care system through the accumulation of policy and practice examples on an interactive web-based framework for LTC. This paper provides a critical overview of the theoretical and methodological approaches used to develop and implement the INTERLINKS Framework for LTC, with the aim of providing some guidance to researchers in this area. INTERLINKS has made a significant contribution to knowledge but robust evidence and comparability across European countries remain problematic due to the current and growing complexity and diversity of integrated LTC implementation.

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Mentions: This structure went on to be developed in more detail during an iterative process, adapting and evolving according to partner discussions, a validation process, and as practice examples were being gathered. A final framework was developed which met the aim of illustrating what needed to be in place to address the links and interfaces between social and health care systems, and formal and informal care, and was finally structured around six main, but non-hierarchical themes that correspond to the most important features of a virtual LTC system with its interlinkages described in Figure 1.


Methodological development of the interactive INTERLINKS Framework for Long-term Care.

Billings J, Leichsenring K - Int J Integr Care (2014)

The themes for the INTERLINKS Framework for LTC
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fg0001: The themes for the INTERLINKS Framework for LTC
Mentions: This structure went on to be developed in more detail during an iterative process, adapting and evolving according to partner discussions, a validation process, and as practice examples were being gathered. A final framework was developed which met the aim of illustrating what needed to be in place to address the links and interfaces between social and health care systems, and formal and informal care, and was finally structured around six main, but non-hierarchical themes that correspond to the most important features of a virtual LTC system with its interlinkages described in Figure 1.

Bottom Line: There is increasing international research into health and social care services for older people in need of long-term care (LTC), but problems remain with respect to acquiring robust comparative information to enable judgements to be made regarding the most beneficial and cost-effective approaches.The project 'INTERLINKS' ('Health systems and LTC for older people in Europe') funded by the EU 7th Framework programme was developed to address the challenges associated with the accumulation and comparison of evidence in LTC across Europe.INTERLINKS has made a significant contribution to knowledge but robust evidence and comparability across European countries remain problematic due to the current and growing complexity and diversity of integrated LTC implementation.

View Article: PubMed Central - HTML - PubMed

Affiliation: Applied Health Research, Centre for Health Service Studies, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, UK.

ABSTRACT
There is increasing international research into health and social care services for older people in need of long-term care (LTC), but problems remain with respect to acquiring robust comparative information to enable judgements to be made regarding the most beneficial and cost-effective approaches. The project 'INTERLINKS' ('Health systems and LTC for older people in Europe') funded by the EU 7th Framework programme was developed to address the challenges associated with the accumulation and comparison of evidence in LTC across Europe. It developed a concept and method to describe and analyse LTC and its links with the health and social care system through the accumulation of policy and practice examples on an interactive web-based framework for LTC. This paper provides a critical overview of the theoretical and methodological approaches used to develop and implement the INTERLINKS Framework for LTC, with the aim of providing some guidance to researchers in this area. INTERLINKS has made a significant contribution to knowledge but robust evidence and comparability across European countries remain problematic due to the current and growing complexity and diversity of integrated LTC implementation.

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