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Refining the programme theory case studies in care homes from here discrete care economies

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Original languageEnglish
Article numberIAGG World Congress
Number of pages1054
Pages (from-to)1054
JournalInnovation in Aging
Journal publication date1 Jul 2017
Volumev1 (Suppl 1)
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2017


To further develop the programme theory, thee geographically discrete areas were identified with models of health care emphasising respectively: expertise in care of older adults organised around the care home; incentive driven care using general practitioners (GPs) as coordinators; and mixed provision typical of usual UK care delivery. 242 residents from 12 care homes had baseline health status described using the InterRAI-LTC and their healthcare resource use and associated costs over 2 months collated. Interviews and focus groups with 181 health and social care professionals, residents and families described the care received. Healthcare costs per resident were greatest where provision was ad hoc and mixed. GP contacts and costs were greater where incentives emphasised GP contact. The most positive accounts were of models which recognised the pivotal role of care homes in health care delivery, supported effective relational working between health and social care staff, and allowed GPs to focus on medical care.

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