NIVEL does a lot of research in the field of geriatric care, including care for people suffering from Alzheimer’s. Topics such as case management, the work load of informal carers and new care methodologies aimed to handle behavioral changes in people with dementia in a more adequate way, will be given attention in several studies.
In the research into geriatric care close attention will also be paid to the perspective of elderly people with a non-Western ethnic background. Studies aim to chart, for instance, what the elderly ‘New Dutch’ who use the services of nursing homes, residential care centres or home care think is important for them to keep their quality of life.
Traditionally, NIVEL has also conducted a lot of research into the organization and functioning of the nursing home and home care sectors. An example of this is a currently ongoing international comparative study on a large scale (EURHOMAP
) which will show to what extent European (home) care systems are, in principle, well equipped to adequately respond to the changing care needs of health care users who live at home. More specifically, EURHOMAP shows the diversity in the supply and use of home care in Europe.
Palliative care is also a topic of investigation for the coming years. Since a few years there is an ongoing investigation of the quality indicators for palliative care. Now indicators have been developed recently, a large-scale implementation study is being prepared. Additionally, doctoral research is ongoing into the nature and quality of palliative care provided by GPs – in cooperation with EMGO+/VUmc (Amsterdam) – as well as doctoral research into palliative care for people with a Turkish or Moroccan background, in cooperation with the UvA (University of Amsterdam) and Pharos, the Dutch knowledge and advisory centre for migrants, refugees and health.