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How do we measure unmet need for social care in later life?

Vlachantoni, Athina, Shaw, Richard, Willis, Rosalind, Evandrou, Maria, Falkingham, Jane and Luff, Rebekah (2012) How do we measure unmet need for social care in later life? At 65th Annual Conference of the Gerontological Society of America (2012). 14 - 18 Nov 2012. (doi:10.1093/geront/gns201).

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Recent spending cuts in the area of adult social care raise policy concerns about the proportion of older people whose need for social care is not met. Such concerns are emphasised in the context of population ageing and other demographic changes, for example in the living arrangements of older people, which can place greater pressure on formal and informal systems of care and support provision. However, the concept of ‘unmet need’ is challenging in terms of its definition and measurement, as it can include objective notions of access and use of services, as well as subjective notions of expectations, satisfaction and want. This paper explores the concept of ‘unmet need’ and its operationalisation through national cross-sectional and longitudinal data from the General Household Survey and the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing. Following attendance of this presentation, participants will be enabled to: firstly, understand the link between literature in social policy and the concept of ‘unmet need’ in the British policy context; secondly, assess evidence from the GHS and the ELSA which illustrate patterns of unmet need for social care among older people and which explore the relative importance of demographic and socio-economic characteristics in such differentials; and thirdly, understand the policy implications of the findings in the context of significant demographic and policy change in the UK.

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Published date: 14 November 2012
Venue - Dates: 65th Annual Conference of the Gerontological Society of America (2012), 2012-11-14 - 2012-11-18
Organisations: Gerontology


Local EPrints ID: 356110
PURE UUID: 1c147bb4-1c08-4377-92ae-b2e645baf17a
ORCID for Rosalind Willis: ORCID iD

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Date deposited: 16 Sep 2013 15:44
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 03:41

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Author: Richard Shaw
Author: Rosalind Willis ORCID iD
Author: Maria Evandrou
Author: Jane Falkingham
Author: Rebekah Luff

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