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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Application of EASY-Care Standard 2010 instrument in a population-based survey in transitional Kosovo
Author(s): Jerliu, Naim
Burazeri, Genc
Toçi, Ervin
Philp, Ian
Czabanowska, Katarzyna
Ramadani, Naser
Brand, Helmut
Contact Email: ian.philp@stir.ac.uk
Keywords: activities of daily living
chronic disease
democracy
demography
health status
internship and residency
wars
yugoslavia
elderly
medical residencies
hospital admission
fall risks
Issue Date: 30-Apr-2019
Citation: Jerliu N, Burazeri G, Toçi E, Philp I, Czabanowska K, Ramadani N & Brand H (2019) Application of EASY-Care Standard 2010 instrument in a population-based survey in transitional Kosovo. European Journal of Public Health, 29 (2), pp. 367-371. https://doi.org/10.1093/eurpub/cky172
Abstract: Background The aim of this study was to assess the health needs and priorities of older people in Kosovo, the newest state in Europe striving for a functional democracy after the breakdown of former Yugoslavia and the following war in the region. Methods A cross-sectional study was conducted in Kosovo in 2011 including a nationwide representative sample of 1890 individuals aged ≥65 years (949 men, mean age: 73 ± 6 years; 941 women, mean age: 74 ± 7 years; overall response rate: 84%). All individuals were administered the full version of EASY-Care Standard 2010 instrument, inquiring about the need for support in activities of daily living (‘independence’), the ‘risk of breakdown in care’ (leading to emergency admission to hospital) and the ‘risk of falls’. Results The degree of ‘independence’ was lower, whereas the ‘risk of breakdown in care’ and the ‘risk of falls’ were significantly higher in: older women; the oldest individuals (≥85 years); rural residents; participants living alone; those perceiving themselves as poor; participants who could not access medical care; those who perceived their general health status as poor; and older people who reported at least one chronic condition. Conclusions This is one of the very few reports from Southeast European region informing about the health needs and priorities of older people in a large and representative population-based sample of older men and women. The poor health status of older people, especially evident in the socio-demographic disadvantaged categories, should raise the awareness of policymakers and decision-makers for appropriate health and social care of elderly in Kosovo and in other European countries.
DOI Link: 10.1093/eurpub/cky172
Rights: This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced version of an article accepted for publication in European Journal of Public Health following peer review. The version of record Jerliu N, Burazeri G, Toçi E, Philp I, Czabanowska K, Ramadani N & Brand H (2019) Application of EASY-Care Standard 2010 instrument in a population-based survey in transitional Kosovo. European Journal of Public Health, 29 (2), pp. 367-371 is available online at: https://doi.org/10.1093/eurpub/cky172

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