Living lab – long term care

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January 2016 - December 2016

This quantitative study, fielded in conjunction with the Nairobi Urban health demographic surveillance site (NUHDSS) round 46 as part of the Nairobi Living Lab initiative, generated pioneering evidence on the lived realities of long-term care (arrangements, adequacy, impacts, and attitudes) in urban low resource settings. Subsequent analysis of questionnaire modules will elicit information on experienced realities of long term care, respectively, among (i) older recipients of long term services and support and (ii) their primary caregivers. The study also examined the scope, patterns and impacts of MSD within the older slum population. This was prompted by emerging evidence from previous studies undertaken by APHRC: the urbanization, poverty and health dynamics study (UPHD 2006-2010) and the Resilience Study (2013-date) that musculo-skeletal disease (MSD) is not only the major health problem reported by older slum dwellers, but is also a key barrier to such older adults’ resilience and coping.

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