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Review of the early implementation of the Resource Use Measure (RUM) (full text)

Author:
CRAIGFORTH CONSULTANTS
Publisher:
The Stationery Office
Publication year:
2004
Pagination:
52p.
Place of publication:
Edinburgh

This study was commissioned to consider the early implementation of the Resource Use Measure (RUM), to identify emerging issues and how the early implementation sites had responded. The RUM was originally intended as a tool for determining entitlement to free nursing care, promoting fare access and equitable distribution of resources for older people. It is now used to measure the relative need of older people over 65 years including those with mental health problems and dimentia and/or associated behaviour.

Book Full text available online for free

Review of the early implementation of the Resource Use Measure (RUM) (summary)

Author:
CRAIGFORTH CONSULTANTS
Publisher:
The Stationery Office
Publication year:
2004
Pagination:
4p.
Place of publication:
Edinburgh

This study was commissioned to consider the early implementation of the Resource Use Measure (RUM), to identify emerging issues and how the early implementation sites had responded. The RUM was originally intended as a tool for determining entitlement to free nursing care, promoting fare access and equitable distribution of resources for older people. It is now used to measure the relative need of older people over 65 years including those with mental health problems and dimentia and/or associated behaviour.

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Community care assessments: language and older people - hearing is not always understanding

Author:
BARRETT David
Journal article citation:
Elders the Journal of Care and Practice, 2(3), August 1993, pp.5-10.

Considers whether those undertaking assessments of older people perceive what is being said to them, and whether they interpret the meanings correctly.

Book

Developing the biographical approach in practice with older people

Authors:
BOULTON Jean, et al
Publisher:
Open University, Policy Studies Institute
Publication year:
1989
Pagination:
50p., bibliog.
Place of publication:
Milton Keynes

As part of the Care Co-ordinated systems used in the CEPH project, a 'biographical' method was used to assess, provide and monitor the packages of care provided to the elderly people.

Book

Multidimensional functional assessment of older adults: the Duke older Americans resources and services procedures

Author:
FILLENBAUM Gerda G
Publisher:
Lawrence Erlbaum Associates
Publication year:
1988
Pagination:
179p., tables, bibliog.
Place of publication:
Hillsdale, NJ

The development of multidimensional assessment is reviewed with practical ways that the procedures have been used and can be used by clinicians, program evaluators and planners.

Book

A biographically based health and social diagnostic technique : a research report

Authors:
JOHNSON Malcolm, et al
Publisher:
Open University. Department of Health and Social Welfare/Policy Studies Institut
Publication year:
1988
Pagination:
23p., bibliog.
Place of publication:
Milton Keynes
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Improving oral health for adults in care homes

Authors:
SOCIAL CARE INSTITUTE FOR EXCELLENCE, NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR HEALTH AND CARE EXCELLENCE
Publisher:
National Institute for Health and Care Excellence
Publication year:
2016
Pagination:
4
Place of publication:
London

This quick guide, developed for care home managers and their staff, explains how to achieve good oral health for people who live in care homes. Based on the NICE guideline on oral health for adults in care homes, it covers: how poor oral health can affect people’s ability to eat, speak and socialise normally; how to carry out an oral health assessment; the knowledge and skills care staff need to know to support residents maintain good oral health; and what the Care Quality Commission expects from care homes. The guide includes an oral health assessment tool and provides links to further information. (Edited publisher abstract)

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A validity and measurement equivalence study of the ultra-short suicidal ideation scale with older adults

Authors:
NUGENT William Robert, CUMMINGS Sherry
Journal article citation:
Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research, 5(4), 2014, pp.439-459.
Publisher:
Society for Social Work and Research

Short-form scales are important tools for use in the assessment of suicide ideation and risk since their brevity makes them ideally suited for use in busy practice settings. This article reports results of a validity study of a short suicidal ideation scale (USSIS) used with an older adult population. The study tests the hypothesis that scores on the USSIS represent magnitude of sucidal thinking. The USSIS was used to gather data on more than 200 adults, ages 50 to 97 years, recruited from 2 clinical settings that serve older adults. Data are analysed to provide evidence from concurrent criterion, divergent, factorial, and known-groups discriminant validity. In addition, analyses was conducted to test measurement equivalence across the 2 study sites. Results are consistent with the scores on the USSIS representing magnitude of suicidal indeation, and with measurement equivalence across the study sites. (Edited publisher abstract)

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The assessment of pain in older people: national guidelines

Authors:
ROYAL COLLEGE OF PHYSICIANS, BRITISH GERIATRICS SOCIETY, BRITISH PAIN SOCIETY
Publisher:
Royal College of Physicians
Publication year:
2007
Pagination:
13p.
Place of publication:
London

Pain is a subjective, personal experience, and its assessment is particularly challenging in the presence of severe cognitive impairment, communication difficulties or language and cultural barriers. As a result it is often under-recognised and under-treated in older people. These guidelines form part of a series intended to inform those aspects of physicians’ clinical practice which may be outside their own specialist area and are designed to help them make rapid, informed decisions. The advice is based on synthesis of the best available evidence and expert consensus gathered from practising clinicians and service users. The guidelines set out the key components of assessing pain in older people, together with a variety of practical scales that may be used with different groups, including those with cognitive or communication impairment. The purpose is to provide professionals with a set of practical skills to assess pain as the first step towards its effective management. The guidance is relevant to all healthcare and social care staff and can be applied in a wide variety of settings, including the older person’s own home, in care homes, and in hospital.

Journal article

Enhanced measurement sensitivity of hopeless ideation among older adults at risk of self-harm: reliability and validity of Likert-type responses to the Beck Hopelessness Scale

Authors:
NEUFELD Eva, O'ROURKE Norm, DONNELLY Martha
Journal article citation:
Aging and Mental Health, 14(6), August 2010, pp.752-756.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis

Using a national sample of 117 older Canadians at risk of self-harm, this study obtained responses from older adults to a revised 4-point Likert-type Beck Hopelessness Scale response format, aiming to increase measurement sensitivity. The study set out to assess the psychometric properties of responses to this revised Beck Hopelessness Scale response format. The authors discuss the study and its results, concluding that the results provide preliminary support for a revised 4-point Likert-type Beck Hopelessness Scale response format. They note that exploratory factor analysis suggests the existence of two factors, labelled as Disappointment/Powerlessness and Negative Future Expectancies, and that both factors emerged as significant, unique, and roughly equivalent predictors of suicide-related ideation in this sample of older adults at risk of self-harm.

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