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Developing an integrated assessment tool for the health and social care of older people.

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Taylor, Brian J (2012) Developing an integrated assessment tool for the health and social care of older people. British Journal of Social Work, 42 (7). pp. 1293-1314. [Journal article]

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URL: http://bjsw.oxfordjournals.org/content/42/7/1293.abstract

DOI: 10.1093/bjsw/bcr133


Assessment is central to identifying needs, making decisions and providing services. Assessment tools have a role in relation to coordinating care, communication between professionals and gathering data for monitoring and service improvement. As the health and social care of older people becomes more complex there is an increased requirement for coordinated, effective and efficient assessment.This paper outlines the development of the Northern Ireland Single Assessment Tool (NISAT) for the health and social care of older people. The development involved stakeholders from a wide range of professions, older people and carers. The process included a survey of existing care management assessment tools, various working groups and testing reliability using vignettes and trained actors. Older people were engaged in a music, dance and visual arts project on the theme of assessment to inform the tool development.The components of the tool and their development are reviewed including considering the role of social work in contributing to specialist assessment as distinct from the role of coordinating a holistic assessment process. There are challenges facing coordinated assessment processes in health and social care of older people because of the wide variety of care pathways in primary, acute, ‘intermediate’ and community care settings.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:Community care, assessment, integrated health and social care, Northern Ireland, person-centred care, multi-professional working, older people, test construction, tool development, social work.
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Sociology and Applied Social Studies
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute for Research in Social Sciences
Institute for Research in Social Sciences > Social Work & Social Policy
ID Code:23917
Deposited By:Professor Brian Taylor
Deposited On:06 Nov 2012 07:29
Last Modified:06 Nov 2012 07:29

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