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released: 2 Feb 2011 author: AIHW media release

Analysis of care pathways provides information that is useful to both policy planners and service providers alike. The Pathways in Aged Care (PIAC) cohort study linked aged care assessment data for a cohort of 105,100 people to data sets showing use of five main aged care programs and deaths over 4 years. This report presents an overview of the PIAC cohort, investigating care needs, assessment patterns, common care pathways, time to entry to permanent residential aged care and time to death after assessment for use of aged care services.

ISSN 1833-1238; ISBN 978-1-74249-115-8; Cat. no. CSI 10; 108pp.; Internet Only

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Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material
    • Title and verso title pages
    • Contents
    • Acknowledgments
    • Abbreviations
    • Symbols used in tables
    • Executive summary
      • Main findings
    • Overview
      • Background
      • The PIAC cohort study
        • The PIAC cohort
      • Re-assessment
      • Care pathways
      • Changes over time
  • Body content
    1. Introduction
      • 1.1 Background
      • 1.2 The PIAC study
      • 1.3 Overview of data
        • Scope and data sources
        • Data linkage
        • PIAC groups
          • Summary of characteristics
      • 1.4 This report
    2. Re-assessment
      • 2.1 Summary
      • 2.2 Re-assessments within 12 months
      • 2.3 Re-assessments and residential respite care
    3. Care pathways
      • 3.1 Summary
      • 3.2 Diversity of pathways
      • 3.3 Care transitions
      • 3.4 Common care pathways
    4. Changes over time
      • 4.1 Summary
      • 4.2 Time to care
      • 4.3 Changes in program use over time
      • 4.4 Concurrent program use
  • End matter
    • Appendixes
      • Appendix A: PIAC cohort characteristics
        • A.1 Summary
        • A.2 Demographic characteristics
          • Regional coverage
          • Sex and age
          • Cultural diversity
        • A.3 Living arrangements
          • Usual accommodation
          • Carers
        • A.4 Assessment priority and location
        • A.5 Health and care needs at time of assessment
          • Health conditions
          • Care needs
        • A.6 Assessment outcomes
          • Recommendations
          • Approvals for program use
      • Appendix B: Data issues
        • B.1 ACAP
        • B.2 HACC: derivation of periods of use
          • The issues
          • The approach
          • Results
        • B.3 VHC: derivation of periods of use
          • The data
          • Derivation of periods of service provision for PIAC
          • Results
      • Appendix C: Data linkage strategy for the PIAC cohort study4F
        • C.1 Introduction
        • C.2 Linkage strategy
          • Phase 1: Client identification within the two data sets
          • Phase 2: Identifying data for matching the specific data set pair
          • Phase 3: Identification of keys to use in matching
          • Phase 4: Stepwise matching using selected match keys
        • C.3 Results
        • C.4 Validation
          • Quality of match data
          • Match characteristics
          • Link validation
            • Consistency of matches
            • Clerical verification
        • C.5 Conclusion
    • References
    • List of tables
    • List of boxes and figures

Recommended citation

AIHW 2011. Pathways in Aged Care: program use after assessment. Data linkage series no. 10. Cat. no. CSI 10. Canberra: AIHW. Viewed 23 July 2014 <http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=6442475608>.