Home care; Long-term care; Quality of Care; Data collection; Standardised measures

Claire Goodman, Vanessa Davey

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Home care (or home health care) makes a critical contribution to the care of older
people, yet many people have little experience or knowledge of this service, and its
component parts. Many older adults receive home care, but the nature of the support
varies from country to country. This Special Article considers how home care is
defined, its scope and purpose and how services are shaped by the systems in which
they operate. Systematic data collection in home care services already exists in some
countries, while in many others, such as the UK, it is being planned. Defining data
requirements for home care is critical to evaluation of care quality and cross-country
comparisons. Data have the potential to play an important role in shaping perceptions
of home care. For information to be useful, we require a shared understanding of what
constitutes home care, what people want and need from a service and which data
should be captured
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of the American Medical Directors Association (JAMDA)
Publication statusSubmitted - 3 May 2024


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