Modern concepts of quality and risk challenges for the regulation of care for older people in Scotland

William Stein, Darinka Asenova, Claire MacRae, Alasdair Marshall

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Abstract

This article is about the complex interplay between quality and risk in the context of care for older people in Scotland. We review relevant theoretical literature underpinning the concept of ‘quality’ and its relationship with ‘risk’ to discover a wide range of regulatory challenges related to issues such as an increasing number of older people; intense press scrutiny; private care home provision; and, healthcare professionals increasingly shifting focus from generic care needs towards a personalized approach focusing on the care needs of the ‘individual’. In this environment, risk control must be ‘negotiated’ against resultant impact on the quality of life for individuals.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)305-326
Number of pages22
JournalPublic Policy and Administration
Volume25
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2010

Keywords

  • care commission
  • risk management
  • older people
  • quality of life
  • national care standards

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