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Swedish experiences of a negotiated approach to carer assessment: the Carers Outcome Agreement Tool
University of Kalmar, eHealth Institute, School of Human Sciences, University of Kalmar,.
University of Kalmar, eHealth Institute, School of Human Sciences, University of Kalmar,.
Faculty of Health and Wellbeing, University of Sheffield.
2008 (English)In: Journal of Research in Nursing, ISSN 1744-9871, E-ISSN 1744-988X, Vol. 13, no 5, p. 391-407Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Given that the majority of frail older people living at home are cared for

by family members, ensuring appropriate and sensitive support services for family

carers is a major policy priority globally. Such assessment of the needs and situation

of individual carers is a crucial first step towards ensuring that they receive flexible,

quality support services. However, existing assessment practice is still inadequate in

many countries. This paper describes a negotiated approach to carer assessment, the

Carers Outcome Agreement Tool (COAT) and briefly considers its development

with carers and practitioners in an Anglo-Swedish development project (2003

and subsequent implementation within five municipalities in Sweden (2006

A participatory research design was adopted in both projects building on the

ÄldreVäst Sjuhärad model, which is a user-focused approach to research and

development. This paper provides a short summary of the COAT development before

presenting the qualitative findings from the Swedish implementation project

(2006

and telephone follow-up interviews with carers who had a first and second COAT

assessment. The findings clearly highlight the value of COAT in enabling partnerships

to be developed between carers and practitioners, which recognise the expertise of

both parties. They also challenge providers to invest sufficient time and

–2005)–2008).–2008), which emerged from focus group interviews with COAT practitioners‘ear-marked’

resources for family care support so that COAT becomes an integral part of a 

comprehensive long-term carer strategy, which feeds directly into local developments

in service delivery and organisation.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: Sage Publications , 2008. Vol. 13, no 5, p. 391-407
Keyword [en]
assessment; family carers; negotiation; partnerships
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Health Sciences
Research subject
Health and Caring Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hik:diva-2847DOI: 10.1177/1744987108095161OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hik-2847DiVA, id: diva2:299703
Available from: 2010-02-23 Created: 2010-02-23 Last updated: 2017-12-12Bibliographically approved

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