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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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Subthemes within ‘Pathways and Processes’
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Mentions: There are three layers to provide the complex details within the framework, namely themes, subthemes and key issues. Each theme was further defined by a number of subthemes that, again, were further specified by relevant key issues. These numerous specifications were again developed through comprehensive use of findings across Europe accumulated through previous INTERLINKS research and through protracted internal discussions and external validation. Figure 2 below gives an illustration of subthemes within the theme of ‘Pathways and Processes’.


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

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

Subthemes within ‘Pathways and Processes’
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fg0002: Subthemes within ‘Pathways and Processes’
Mentions: There are three layers to provide the complex details within the framework, namely themes, subthemes and key issues. Each theme was further defined by a number of subthemes that, again, were further specified by relevant key issues. These numerous specifications were again developed through comprehensive use of findings across Europe accumulated through previous INTERLINKS research and through protracted internal discussions and external validation. Figure 2 below gives an illustration of subthemes within the theme of ‘Pathways and Processes’.

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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