The influence of the economic crisis on quality of care for older people: system readiness for innovation in Europe

W. Jongen, G. Burazeri, H. Brand

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Abstract

The aim of this study is to examine the influence of the recent economic crisis on the quality of long-term care for older people in Belgium and the Netherlands. A mixed-method approach was applied, primarily focused on conducting semi-structured qualitative interviews with health professionals working in a management role in organizations providing long-term care for older people. The results show that Dutch organizations seem to be prepared for the influences of the economic crisis on the quality of its care provision primarily in terms of a sound system readiness. At the same time, Belgian organizations seem to be prepared for the influences of the economic crisis on the quality of its care provision primarily in terms of a favorable sociopolitical context. Comparing two countries allows for reciprocal lesson-drawing. The conclusion drawn in this study is that a sustainable long-term care system requires above all stability and structure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)167-191
Number of pages25
JournalInnovation: The European Journal of Social Science Research
Volume28
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3 Apr 2015

Keywords

  • long-term care for older people
  • system readiness for innovation
  • European public health
  • quality of care
  • economic crisis
  • HEALTH-CARE
  • FINANCIAL CRISIS

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