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Long-Term Care Service Use: Longitudinal and Predictive Models Final Report

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This study describes community and institutional service use patterns over a five year period (1982-1987), based on secondary analyses of longitudinal data for over 4,000 Massachusetts elderly. Emphasis was placed on community service use of persons judged to be at high risk of institutional placement. For nursing home users, the elderly were distinguished as long-stayers, short-stayers or terminal. The data set consists of two samples: a cross-sectional cohort of elderly living in the community (70% of the total sample) and a cross-sectional cohort of elderly clients served in the Massachusetts Home Care Program. [21 PDF pages]