Brief summary: Jackie is currently studying an MPhil/PhD at the LSE, where she is investigating the emphasis of home-based care policies for dementia sufferers and consequent impact on the distribution of costs as well as on the quality of life of both sufferers and caregivers. The study will also include an international comparison of long-term care policies for dementia sufferers and subsequent balance of costs.
Adelina Comas Herrera
Brief summary: Adelina's research examines the implications of alternative future scenarios for the demand and financing of long-term care. Other areas of interest include health and social care financing, workforce issues, and mental health.
Brief summary: Vanessa's research topic focuses on the evolution of the older person as social care consumer via consumer directed care policies such as direct payments. The study investigates the emerging capacities and capabilities of older people as consumers and producers of social care and impacts on the role and function of social care agents.
Brief summary: Derek is investigating the impact of non-adherence to prescribed medication on service use and costs in treating patients with schizophrenia.
Brief summary: The focus of Juliette's research is the measurement of quality and performance in social services using, as a case study, the measurement of user experience. This research draws upon two waves of the user experience survey (UES) for older people using home care services, conducted triennially by local authorities on behalf of the Department of Health, and an extended version of the UES for older people and younger adult's with physical and sensory impairments carried out by PSSRU. The research will explore the use of measures of user experience as measures of quality and performance indicators, considering issues such as validity, non-response and variations between authorities and over time.
Brief summary: Linda's PhD is entitled 'Policy, Politics and Informal Care: Intergenerational Care of Older People in Great Britain between 1985 and 2000'. The study uses the General Household Survey data on provision of informal care between 1985 and 2000 to examine key trends in the provision of intergenerational care to older people.
The thesis explores possible reasons for the trends identified, in particular the role of demographic changes, economic changes and changes in patterns of formal care for older people.
The study will use the information gained from the research to examine new social policies for informal carers of older people.