Ann-Marie Towers

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BACKGROUND The adult social care outcomes toolkit (ASCOT) includes a preference-weighted measure of social care-related quality of life for use in economic evaluations. ASCOT has eight attributes: personal cleanliness and comfort, food and drink, control over daily life, personal safety, accommodation cleanliness and comfort, social participation and(More)
The promotion of choice and control for older people is a policy priority for social care services in the United Kingdom and is at the heart of recent drives to personalise services. Increasingly, we are seeing a move away from institutionalised care (e.g. in care homes) towards enablement, with more services being delivered in community-based settings.(More)
BACKGROUND quality ratings of care homes are used by decision makers in the absence of direct information about outcomes. However, there is little evidence about the relationship between regulators' ratings of homes and residents' quality of life outcomes. OBJECTIVES to capture social care-related quality of life (SCRQoL) outcomes for residents and(More)
The demand for long-term care services is predicted to rise, primarily as a result of longer life expectancy, as people with existing long-term conditions live longer and more people survive into very old age While many people with long-term impairments can continue to be productive with minimal support, caring for those with high levels of impairment(More)
of Health, and focusing particularly on policy research and analysis of equity and efficiency in community care, long-term care and related areas — including services for elderly people, people with mental health problems and children in care. Views expressed in PSSRU publications do not necessarily reflect those of funding organisations. The PSSRU was(More)
INTRODUCTION The Quality Measurement Framework (QMF) programme is being funded for three years by the Treasury under Invest to Save and led by the Office of National Statistics (ONS). The aim of the QMF programme is to create entirely new mechanisms for more effective and efficient measurement and monitoring of third sector provision of public services,(More)
BACKGROUND The Adult Social Care Outcomes Toolkit (ASCOT) measures social care related quality of life (SCRQoL) and can be used to measure outcomes and demonstrate impact across different social care settings. This exploratory study built on previous work by collecting new inter-rater reliability data on the mixed-methods version of the toolkit and(More)
PURPOSE To identify the main issues of importance when living with long-term conditions to refine a conceptual framework for informing the item development of a patient-reported outcome measure for long-term conditions. MATERIALS AND METHODS Semi-structured qualitative interviews (n=48) were conducted with people living with at least one long-term(More)
BACKGROUND Alongside an increased policy and practice emphasis on outcomes in social care, English local authorities are now obliged to review quality at a service level to help in their new role of ensuring the development of diverse and high-quality care markets to meet the needs of all local people, including self-funders. The Adult Social Care Outcomes(More)