Chronic disease and independence in old age: A case study

REEVES, Pauline (2006). Chronic disease and independence in old age: A case study. Radiography, 12 (3), 253-257.

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Link to published version:: 10.1016/j.radi.2005.06.003

Abstract

This report uses case study methodology to examine the issue of long-term care of the elderly in the United Kingdom, including where that care should take place. The report will examine the difficulties inherent in maintaining independent living for the elderly (in particular the danger and cost of falls). The case study presented is that of an elderly female patient who had suffered from chronic rheumatoid arthritis for over 10 years. She was admitted to hospital several times from December 2003 to January 2004. The discussion of her case is set in the context of the sociology of ageing; long-term care of the elderly and the UK National Service Frameworks, of which standard six relates to falls in the elderly. The report will also consider the problems in deciding whether it is necessary to terminate independent living for an individual. Keywords: Care of the elderly; Holism; Leflunomide; National Service Frameworks; Protrusio acetabuli; Reductionism; Rheumatoid arthritis

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Centre for Health and Social Care Research
Identification Number: 10.1016/j.radi.2005.06.003
Depositing User: Pauline Reeves
Date Deposited: 12 Aug 2011 12:05
Last Modified: 12 Aug 2011 12:05
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/3789

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