Factors influencing the utilization of community long-term care services

Navarro, Pablo (2004) Factors influencing the utilization of community long-term care services. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Background: Community Long-Term Care Services (CLTCS) are intended to support caregivers and delay institutionalization of care recipients. Evidence suggests CLTCS are under-utilized in Newfoundland by caregivers of people with dementia. Objectives: To explore the meaning of caregiving among caregivers in Newfoundland; to investigate a range of factors that may influence CLTCS utilization; and to assess CLTCS capacity in the region. Methods: Survey and interview of a sample of caregivers from the Canadian Study on Health and Aging, and a historical survey of homecare agencies. Results: Despite an apparent need for services, caregivers did not want CLTCS delivered in the home by strangers. Caregivers were more accepting of out-of-home services. Too few homecare agencies responded to the survey to carry out an analysis. Conclusions: The meaning of caregiving for caregivers affects the acceptability and utilization of CLTCS. Currently used quantitative instruments may benefit from supplementary qualitative data.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/11124
Item ID: 11124
Additional Information: Includes bibliographical references.
Department(s): Medicine, Faculty of
Date: 2004
Date Type: Submission
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Home care services--Newfoundland and Labrador; Long-term care of the sick--Newfoundland and Labrador; Older people--Home care--Newfoundland and Labrador.
Medical Subject Heading: ; Health Services for the Older people--Newfoundland and Labrador; Home Care Services--Newfoundland and Labrador; Long-Term Care--Newfoundland and Labrador.

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