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Long-term Care

'Make or Buy' residential care? The outcomes for quality of care in nursing homes
Longevity has become a central topic in many countries as health and care expenditure increases with rising life expectancy. Governments aim to reduce costs by outsourcing care services to for-profit providers. Given the high complexity of long-term care, quality is a major concern for policy-makers and researchers. At the 10th World Congress in Health Economics (iHEA/ECHE) entitled 'Health Economics in the Age of Longevity' Juliane Winkelmann presented together with Ricardo Rodrigues and Kai Leichsenring results of a literature review on the relationship of nursing home ownership and quality of care, financed by the Swedish Ministry of Health and Social Affairs. It reveals that most studies have mixed and inconclusive findings on the quality differences between nursing homes and outcomes heavily depend on the choice of indicators.
International stakeholder perspectives on the Optimum Continence Service Specification
During the last Global Forum on Incontinence stakeholders from across the world discussed on the current barriers to better continence care and the applicability and implementation of the recommendations of the Optimum Continence Service Specification in their respective countries. A Summary Report of these discussions is now available here to contribute to further dialogue in order to improve the quality of life, the delivery of services and the overall organisation of continence care across the world. Contact: Kai Leichsenring
Contracting for integrated care provision
The Centre for Health Services Studies at the University of Kent has invited Ricardo Rodrigues and Kai Leichsenring to participate in the validation of a contracting model blueprint for long-term conditions that is focused on integrated care, and based on achievable joint outcomes evidence and effectiveness in a whole system perspective. Results of the project will be published in autumn 2014 and will contain important hints for policy-makers how to design contracts for an integrated provision of long-term care.
Methodological development of the interactive INTERLINKS Framework for long-term care
The FP7 project INTERLINKS, coordinated by the European Centre, has made a significant contribution to knowledge about emerging long-term care systems in Europe: through the accumulation of policy and practice examples on an interactive web-based Framework for long-term care. This paper by Jenny Billings (Kent University) and Kai Leichsenring, published by the International Journal of Integrated Care, provides a critical overview of the theoretical and methodological approaches used to develop and implement the INTERLINKS Framework for long-term care. It concludes that robust evidence and comparability across European countries remain problematic due to the current and growing complexity and diversity of long-term care policies. Read more

Past Events

Oxford Conference on 'Pre-Distributive Social Policy'
Pieter Vanhuysse presented on the politics of justice in aging societies at St Catherine’s College, Oxford during the workshop on ‘Pre-Distributive Social Policy: Future Changes in Welfare Societies’. Organized by the Policy Network, the Foundation for European Progressive Studies, and the Renner Institut, this workshop brought together scholars such as Peter Hall, Julian Legrand, David Sockice, John Stephens, Paul Gregg, Bruno Palier, Ann Wren, and Marius Busemeyer to discuss the role of regulation, asset-based welfare, movements and skills for a future vision of progressive social policy.
ESRC Research Methods Festival, 8-10 July, St Catherine?s College, Oxford
Professor Bernd Marin participated in the session on cross-national research at the ESRC Research Methods Festival with a presentation on ‘Key Social Policy Challenges Identified from Cross-National Research in UN-European Countries’. This session, convened by Professor Asghar Zaidi, offers presentations from major international organisations (namely the UN, the European Commission, the European Centre Vienna, HelpAge International), and draws on their substantive cross-national research. The presentations highlight the benefits and limitations of comparative research methods. They also discuss how the key challenges of diversity in norms and contexts across nations and lack of international comparability of data are dealt with, and what challenges still remain unresolved (or partly resolved) that inhibit reaping full benefits of the comparative research.
Welfare in an Idle Society? Seminar at the University of Southampton, 3 July
The modern welfare state is indeed one of the greatest achievements of the post-war 20th century. It aims at maintaining a delicate equilibrium between dependent social groups, on the one hand, and the active working classes, on the other. As regards old-age security, this balance is being achieved (or not) by the so-called Generation Contract. This social pact is more of an implicit, unwritten and unspecified social contract. The seminar given by Bernd Marin will present the findings of his groundbreaking book, “Welfare in an Idle Society? Reinventing Retirement, Work, Wealth, Health and Welfare”, that demonstrates how countries are addressing population-ageing challenges in depth, using the case-study of Austria to gain the required complexity and differentiation in a comparative European framework of empirical evidence.
Monthly Forum lecture at the European Trade Union Institute
Pieter Vanhuysse presented the Monthly Forum lecture at the European Trade Union Institute in Brussels, which is the independent research and training centre of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) which itself affiliates European trade unions into a single European umbrella organisation. Presided by ETUI General Director Phillippe Pochet, Pieter's lecture on 'The Left at Work - Why Do Unions, More Than Leftwing Parties, Today Promote Activation Policies?' summarized findings from his June 2014 Policy Brief and his Political Studies article on 'Parties, Unions, and Activation Strategies'
Keynote address, Lisbon Conference on Intergenerational justice
Pieter Vanhuysse gave a keynote address per videoconference to the University of Lisbon's Conference on Intergenerational Justice: The Future of Law and the Law of the Future, supported by the Portuguese Parliament, the Portuguese Ombudsman, the Portuguese representation of UNESCO, the Portuguese National Youth Council, the Intergenerational Foundation (UK), the Foundation for the Rights of Future Generations (Germany), and the Conference “Model Institutions for a Sustainable Future” (Hungary). A statement of support was given by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.