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Outcomes of social care for adults: developing a preference weighted measure

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The study will develop an outcome measure that reflects the effect of social care interventions and the relative importance of the different aspects of outcome on people's lives. The measure could be used in a variety of circumstances including economic evaluations, measuring the outputs of social care for National Accounts and policy analyses. It will be based on work that has already been undertaken on a measure of social care outcome (ASCOT). There will be two main phases to the project: the first being development and feasibility work to inform the design for a main phase where fieldwork would collect information about the relative importance of the different aspects of outcome covered by the measure. In the first phase we will use existing data to test how the current measure is working and consult with a reference group about proposed improvements. Thirty service users will be interviewed to check that the measure is accurately reflecting the different aspects of people's lives. At the same time as this work, different approaches to establishing preferences will be tested on a sample of 300 members of the general population. 300 service users will then be interviewed to test the final measure and how well they are able to answer the questions used to find out the relative importance of the different aspects of outcome. The results of this first phase of work will feed into the design of the main fieldwork in which 1000 members of the general population and 500 service users will be interviewed. The data from these interviews will be used to develop a gold standard weighting for the measure and to investigate how different a weighting would be if it were based on service user views.

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http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/42284/

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