Development of an Assessment Instrument for Quality of Life in Long-term Care Settings
Research projects on quality of life in nursing homes often end up in either relatively global screening instruments or, in contrast, complex scientific assessment procedures. Rooted in the quality of life concepts from Lawton (1991) and Kane (2001), the aim of this project is to develop an instrument that is both, efficient in daily care as well as evidence based in its nature. Thus, the instrument emphasize on everyday life situations to address subjective individual needs in several domains of life quality from the resident's and the care staff perspective. In addition, the instrument will provide opportunities to quantify the fit between both perspectives. Moreover, the resident's individual patterns of life quality needs should be easily implemented in the future care planning process.
So far, a pilot version of the instrument (INSEL-3) has been developed, based on 105 interviews in three institutions. The assessment covers a face-to-face interview to be assessed with residents still capable to respond to some extent or with a significant other, as well as an evaluation of the 12 dimensions of life quality by the care team. During 2007 extensive training programs have been carried out and a considerable number of staff members have become familiar with the instrument. Meanwhile the INSEL was successfully implemented into the regular institutional care processes.
Project Directorship (PI and Co-PIs)
- Paul Wilhelm von Keppler-Stiftung, Kirchliche Stiftung des privaten Rechts, Geschäftsstelle Sindelfingen
- 01.10.2005 - present