Towards a Rights-based Approach in Long-term Care
Building an Index of Rights-based Policies for Older People in Europe
 


February 2017 - January 2018

Contact: Katharine Schulmann

Background
People in older age groups occupy a growing share of the population in many European countries. Ensuring that all older people have the opportunity to continue to actively participate in society and that those with care needs have access to affordable, quality long-term care is therefore an important issue facing governments. In recent years, international, regional and national legal instruments have increasingly promoted a rights-based approach to enshrining the rights of older people in law—including the right to enjoy good health—and making sure that these rights are incorporated in policy and practice.

Objectives
  • To develop a conceptual framework for a rights-based approach to long-term care that builds directly on the literature on rights for people with disabilities
  • To create an index that comprehensively captures a rights-based approach to long-term care by identifying and populating relevant policy domains and indicators in such a way as to make cross-country comparison and monitoring over time possible
  • To pilot the index by analysing and comparing the results for a select group of European countries
Methods
Literature review, workshops, expert interviews, Delphi survey

Activities/Milestones
  • Expert workshop to refine conceptual framework
  • Review of state of the art
  • Framework for a rights-based approach
  • Conceptualisation of index and guidelines for indicators
  • Calculated index and analysis for 12 countries
  • Time-varying indices and analysis
  • Final report


Project co-ordinator: Katharine Schulmann
Project-team at the EC: Gudrun Bauer, Stefania Ilinca, Ricardo Rodrigues, Sandra Scharf
Funded by: Swedish Ministry of Health and Social Affairs