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Canadian Journal of Public Health

, Volume 91, Issue 6, pp 445–448 | Cite as

Health Care Needs of Communitydwelling Older Adults

  • Paul Krueger
  • Kevin Brazil
  • Lynne Lohfeld
  • Julie daPonte
  • Mary Slobodnik
Article

Abstract

Objective: To identify, assess, and rank the importance of health care needs of communitydwelling 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-oflife 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.

Résumé

Objectif: Définir, évaluer et classer par ordre d’importance les besoins de soins de santé des personnes âgées résidant dans la communauté.

Méthode: Entrevue téléphonique dirigée auprès de 107 répondants (médecins, prestateurs de soins de première ligne et administrateurs) sur l’importance de 31 besoins de soins de santé chez les personnes âgées. Nous avons aussi demandé aux répondants d’indiquer l’enjeu le plus important pour la santé des personnes âgées de leur localité, aujourd’hui et pour les cinq à dix prochaines années.

Résultats: Les cinq principaux besoins en matière de soins de santé sont les suivants (par ordre d’importance décroissante): services de soutien aux soignants; services de longue durée dans la communauté; services aux personnes atteintes de démence ou de la maladie d’Alzheimer; soins palliatifs ou au terme de la vie; et services aux cancéreux et à leurs familles. L’enjeu des services de longue durée dans la communauté est considéré comme le plus important aujourd’hui et pour les cinq à dix prochaines années.

Conclusion: Les constatations de l’étude devraient être utiles aux chercheurs, aux planificateurs, aux administrateurs et aux prestateurs de services sociaux qui se penchent sur les besoins des personnes âgées résidant dans la communauté.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul Krueger
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Kevin Brazil
    • 1
    • 2
    • 4
  • Lynne Lohfeld
    • 1
    • 2
    • 5
  • Julie daPonte
    • 3
  • Mary Slobodnik
    • 3
  1. 1.St. Joseph’s Health Care System Research Network, St. Joseph’s HospitalBrantfordCanada
  2. 2.Department of Clinical Epidemiology and BiostatisticsMcMaster UniversityCanada
  3. 3.St. Joseph’s HospitalBrantfordCanada
  4. 4.St. Joseph’s Community Health CentreHamiltonCanada
  5. 5.St. Joseph’s Hospital and HomeGuelphCanada

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