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Outcomes of Community Care for Users and Carers

A Social Service Perspective

Genres: Social work
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Open University Press, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
Published: 1st Sep 1996
Dimensions: h 230mm
Weight: 410g
ISBN-10: 0335196691
ISBN-13: 9780335196692
Barcode No: 9780335196692
Synopsis
What effects do community care services have on the people who use them? Detailed attempts to measure impacts on service users and their carers have been largely confined to research exercises designed to compare different forms of social care provision. In contrast, performance measurement by social services has focused on activity indicators, inputs and processes, rather than outcomes for users. The need for a shift of focus within agencies' routine practice is being increasingly recognized. However, the task is not straightforward. This book offers some ways forward for people working in agencies delivering social care. It examines the meaning of outcomes, considers potential service contexts for measuring them, and explores service users' and carers' views. It gives an overview of measures already used in research, and considers the issues involved in developing methods suitable for practice, in relation to the main groups of people receiving community care services.

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