Health service use and outcomes in later life

With an ageing population, concerns about the provision of health and social care for older people are increasingly important, both fiscally and politically. In a Northern Ireland context, this study will provide an opportunity to examine later-life health inequalities related to service use. 

Potential benefits 

The findings of this study will inform health and social care policy and practice regarding early prevention by identifying the most at-risk populations. It will further identify trends in dementia and multi-morbid conditions, and will assess the temporal sequence of risk associated with health and area of residence. The findings will highlight areas of need for policy development in order to reduce hospital admissions and improve clinical pathways. 

Project lead 

Professor Gerard Leavey, Ulster University (ADR Northern Ireland).

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