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Acta Hosp. 1991;31(3):33-45.

Factors associated with differential utilization of professional care among elderly people: residents of old people's homes compared to elderly people living at home.

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University of Limburg, Maastricht, The Netherlands.


To investigate factors that explain differential utilization of professional care among elderly people a study was performed in Maastricht, the Netherlands. For that purpose 657 interviews with elderly people were held. In this article a comparison is made between elderly people living at home, with or without professional home care, and residents of old people's homes. Besides the functional status, as measured by limitations in household activities and activities of daily living, the composition of the household of the elderly person is recognized as a major discriminating factor between the three groups. The role of depressive complaints in care utilization is less prominent than expected from an earlier study. A bivariate analysis clearly showed the frequency of mental problems and the poorly developed social network among elderly persons using professional care. Implications for caregiving and policy planning are discussed.

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