Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2011) Pathways in Aged Care: program use after assessment, AIHW, Australian Government, accessed 03 June 2023.
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. (2011). Pathways in Aged Care: program use after assessment. Canberra: AIHW.
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. Pathways in Aged Care: program use after assessment. AIHW, 2011.
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. Pathways in Aged Care: program use after assessment. Canberra: AIHW; 2011.
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2011, Pathways in Aged Care: program use after assessment, AIHW, Canberra.
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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.
The average person in the PIAC cohort was aged 81.4 years at their aged care assessment
Of these 1 in 4 pre-existing users of aged care, 40% were already living in permanent care
Three-quarters of the cohort had either no prior use of aged care (33%) or had only used HACC or VHC (41%)
26% of the cohort had used one of the ACAT-dependent programs
Coordination of aged care services is important, both to provide services cost-effectively and to provide the appropriate care for people at the appropriate time. Using linked data from the Pathways in Aged Care (PIAC) cohort study, this report presents groundbreaking large-scale analysis of people’s use of aged care services. This analysis includes information on time to key events, changes in use of care programs over time and concurrent use of programs.
The PIAC cohort comprises 105,000 people who had a completed assessment by an Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT) under the Aged Care Assessment Program (ACAP) in 2003–04. Their ACAP assessment data were linked to data for five key aged care programs: Home and Community Care (HACC), Veterans’ Home Care (VHC), Community Aged Care Packages (CACPs), Extended Aged Care at Home packages (EACH) including EACH (Dementia), and residential aged care (RAC). Program use was identified for 2003–06.
For analytical purposes, the PIAC cohort was divided into groups based on use of aged care programs before the first completed assessment in 2003–04:
Preliminary material: Acknowledgments; Abbreviations; Symbols used in tables
Appendix A: PIAC cohort characteristics
Appendix B: Data issues
Appendix C: Data linkage strategy for the PIAC cohort study4F
End matter: References; List of tables; List of boxes and figures
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