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Assessing dependency in old people's homes: problems of purpose and method
 — Part 1: Issues of policy utilisation
Author(s)David Phillips
Journal titleSocial Services Research, vol 15, no 6, 1986
PublisherUniversity of Birmingham, 1986
Pagespp 23-44
KeywordsIndependence ; Residents [care homes] ; Care homes ; Evaluation.
AnnotationIn the first of two articles on dependency surveys, the author explores fundamental questions as to why such studies are undertaken and how they are intended to be used. He challenges the basic simplistic assumptions about the relationship between dependency and workload, and highlights the significance of resident turnover as a contribution to increased workload. He also draws attention to the dangers of equating dependency with need. Many studies have attempted to look at trends in dependency over time. The author concludes that this cannot and should not be studied, unless similar analysis of change in regimes is also undertaken. (RH).
Accession NumberCPA-930430013 A
ClassmarkC3: KX: KW: 4C

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