Dr Claire Hutchinson
Affiliation: Flinders University
Project Title: What is important to people from CALD communities? Measuring and valuing Quality of Life for economic evaluation
and quality assessment
Aims of the project:
In order to support Consumer Directed Care and the successful implementation of the new Aged Care Quality Standards it is essential that the aged care sector has access to a suitable and acceptable instrument for measuring and valuing quality of life. The perspectives of older people, especially those from CALD backgrounds, are not reflected in any existing quality of life instrument.
The project aims to identify what quality of life attributes are important to people from CALD communities as they age. The study will use qualitative methodology including qualitative interviews with older people from CALD communities. Additional data will be gathered to inform the interviews from a synthesis of relevant literature and focus groups with aged care providers, advocacy groups, carers and families. A conceptual quality of life model will be developed which will subsequently be applied in the development of a new quality of life instrument.