Awardee: Dr Claire Hutchinson
Affiliation: Flinders University
What is important to people from CALD communities? Measuring and valuing quality of life for economic evaluation and quality assessment
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 aimed to identify what quality of life attributes are important to people from CALD communities as they age. The study used qualitative methodology including qualitative interviews with older people from CALD communities. Additional data were 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 was developed, to be applied in the development of a new quality of life instrument.
The outcomes of this project are reported in a MDPI Geriatrics paper published in 2022.