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The association between receipt of informal care and health in older people
Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Social Work.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8795-7555
Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Social Work.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7685-3216
2011 (English)In: Psychology and Health, ISSN 0887-0446, E-ISSN 1476-8321, Vol. 26, no Suppl. 2, p. 173-Article in journal, Meeting abstract (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background: Older people as care-receivers are under-researched. We examined the health and well-being of older people with differing levels of care need and receipt. Methods: Community resident older people (N = 1250) from a single UK metropolitan area were randomly recruited, and completed a questionnaire on social exclusion via interview. Participants were categorised into one of the four groups: receiving informal care; receiving informal support; no receipt of informal care/support despite need and no receipt of informal care/support, no need. Findings: Associations (p < 0.001) between group membership and health status (F = 75.7), functional status (F = 159.1), well-being (F = 29.5) and loneliness (F = 28.9) indicated the ‘receiving care’ and ‘no receipt of care/support despite need’ groups had the poorest health profiles. Logistic regression determined primary predictors of group membership. Discussion: A significant group of older people receives no informal care/support despite frailty. Research is needed to determine why some older people do not receive informal care appropriate to their needs.

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2011. Vol. 26, no Suppl. 2, p. 173-
Keywords [en]
Older people, social exclusion, informal care, health, well-being, rural, urban
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Social Work
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Hälsa och välfärd, Social exkludering av äldre på före detta industriorter
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-5952DOI: 10.1080/08870446.2011.617185ISI: 000299560400486OAI: oai:dalea.du.se:5952DiVA, id: diva2:522423
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25th European Health Psychology Society , Hersonissos, Crete, 20-24 september, 2011, 2011
Available from: 2011-09-26 Created: 2011-09-26 Last updated: 2017-12-07Bibliographically approved

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