Health care needs of community-dwelling older adults

P. Krueger, K. Brazil, L. Lohfeld, J. daPonte, M. Slobodnik

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To identify, assess, and rank the importance of health care needs of community-dwelling older adults.

METHOD: A structured telephone interview with 107 respondents (physicians, direct service providers and administrators) about the importance of a list of 31 health care needs of older adults. Respondents also identified the single most important health issue facing local older adults now and in the next 5 to 10 years.

RESULTS: The five most important health care needs, in descending order, are: care-giver support services, community long-term care services, services for people with dementia/Alzheimer's disease, palliative/end-of-life care, and services for cancer patients and their families. Community long-term care services were identified as the single most important health issue both now and in the next 5 to 10 years.

CONCLUSION: The study findings should be of value to health and social service researchers, planners, providers and administrators regarding the needs of community-dwelling older adults.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)445-448
Number of pages4
JournalCanadian Journal of Public Health
Volume91
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 01 Jan 2000

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    Krueger, P., Brazil, K., Lohfeld, L., daPonte, J., & Slobodnik, M. (2000). Health care needs of community-dwelling older adults. Canadian Journal of Public Health, 91(6), 445-448.