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Methodological Considerations for Health and Wellness Research with Older Adults


Barnett, T and Allen, S, Methodological Considerations for Health and Wellness Research with Older Adults, Health and Well-Being: A Social and Cultural Perspective, Nova Science Publishers, Q Le (ed), New York, pp. 247-261. ISBN 9781611226485 (2011) [Research Book Chapter]

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The number and proportion of older adults in society continues to increase. Research with and about older adults is therefore important to grow our understanding of the ageing process and provide evidence on how best to maintain and optimise health and wellbeing in later life from a broad ecological perspective. Research can inform the development of effective strategies to address the many functional, social and health challenges that accompany transitions in later life. This chapter will highlight the demographic changes associated with an ageing society and review some of the changes that are associated with the ageing process, their impact, and how these should influence both the approach to and procedures used in research with older adults. Practical advice is provided on three common ways by which data is collected from older adults in health-related social research: surveys, interviews and focus groups. A number of factors critical to the successful application of these techniques as part of research with older adults are highlighted. Consideration of these in the development of a research plan will ensure that the techniques chosen are more likely to be "fit for purpose" with this group.

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Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:older adults, ageing, rural health, surveys, interviews, focus groups.
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Rural sociology
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health)
Objective Field:Rural and remote area health
UTAS Author:Barnett, T (Associate Professor Tony Barnett)
ID Code:69912
Year Published:2011
Deposited By:UTAS Centre for Rural Health
Deposited On:2011-05-24
Last Modified:2018-04-04

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