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Editorial J_253_12_04QIA5.3Novinsides 19/1/05 10:35 am Page 2 Ron Iphofen Helen Chapman and Helen Edwards build on instrument that researchers might wish to take their paper published in the last issue of into account. Quality in Ageing to argue that more productive Linda Dobrzanska and her colleagues in the and effective forms of communication and North Bradford (UK) Primary Care National caregiving can be promoted by modifying the Health Service Trust report here on their role expectations and behaviour associated with programme to incorporate a falls exercise the reciprocal care relationship. Drawing on a element in the care pathways of the older lengthy tradition of communication theory and people they have to deal with. They describe role relationships they introduce a Health the rationale for the exercises recommended Promoting Communication Model that they and set their programme within the context of propose will help guide both prevention and current policy. The evidence base for the intervention strategies in family caregiving. A effectiveness of such exercises is strong and, few such strategies are outlined and proposed with limited resources, the team report on their as ways of resolving some of the inherent efforts to evaluate the effectiveness of their dilemmas in the caring role relationship. work. The detail they offer may be useful to Gill Windle, Rhiannon Edwards and other practitioners wishing to introduce such a Vanessa Burholt address an issue that is vital to programme and certainly underscores the need sustained responses to the research engagement for adequate resources to evaluate work such as from older people – that is, the length and this and further add to the evidence base. complexity of a questionnaire. We know that We continue with the exercise theme in our commitment to a study and, therefore, response concluding piece from Jennifer Scanlon-Mogel rates might be higher when respondents have and Karen Roberto of the Center for something to gain from participation. So Gerontology at the Virginia Polytechnic people in receipt of care might reason that their Institute and State University. A comparative participation can help improve their own life course approach to understanding change treatment. Less is known about the response in physical exercise in older adulthood raises commitment from members of the older interesting issues concerning cultural and population in the community. Moreover chronological variations in lifestyle patterns. research instruments are often only validated in There were clear physical and psychological specific settings, which might restrict their gains to the study sample (chosen from a more general applicability. Consequently Gill reasonably affluent white population) from and her colleagues have investigated the engaging in exercise programmes. Jennifer and validity of a measure that might be of value to Karen conclude by pointing out that while others researching the general older adult time, motivation and opportunity will change in population. They find the EQ-5D to be short an understandable manner throughout the life and easy to use and to be commended to other course, direct comparisons with other cultures researchers requiring such a generic health – or even for ethnic minorities in advanced status measure – their critical discussion economies – is not always possible and further suggests areas for improvement in the research investigating cultural variations in exercise practice would be revealing. 2 Quality in Ageing – Policy, practice and research Volume 5 Issue 3 November 2004 © Pavilion Publishing 2004 http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Quality in Ageing and Older Adults Emerald Publishing

Editorial

Quality in Ageing and Older Adults , Volume 5 (3): 1 – Nov 1, 2004

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Emerald Publishing
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1471-7794
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10.1108/14717794200400013
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J_253_12_04QIA5.3Novinsides 19/1/05 10:35 am Page 2 Ron Iphofen Helen Chapman and Helen Edwards build on instrument that researchers might wish to take their paper published in the last issue of into account. Quality in Ageing to argue that more productive Linda Dobrzanska and her colleagues in the and effective forms of communication and North Bradford (UK) Primary Care National caregiving can be promoted by modifying the Health Service Trust report here on their role expectations and behaviour associated with programme to incorporate a falls exercise the reciprocal care relationship. Drawing on a element in the care pathways of the older lengthy tradition of communication theory and people they have to deal with. They describe role relationships they introduce a Health the rationale for the exercises recommended Promoting Communication Model that they and set their programme within the context of propose will help guide both prevention and current policy. The evidence base for the intervention strategies in family caregiving. A effectiveness of such exercises is strong and, few such strategies are outlined and proposed with limited resources, the team report on their as ways of resolving some of the inherent efforts to evaluate the effectiveness of their dilemmas in the caring role relationship. work. The detail they offer may be useful to Gill Windle, Rhiannon Edwards and other practitioners wishing to introduce such a Vanessa Burholt address an issue that is vital to programme and certainly underscores the need sustained responses to the research engagement for adequate resources to evaluate work such as from older people – that is, the length and this and further add to the evidence base. complexity of a questionnaire. We know that We continue with the exercise theme in our commitment to a study and, therefore, response concluding piece from Jennifer Scanlon-Mogel rates might be higher when respondents have and Karen Roberto of the Center for something to gain from participation. So Gerontology at the Virginia Polytechnic people in receipt of care might reason that their Institute and State University. A comparative participation can help improve their own life course approach to understanding change treatment. Less is known about the response in physical exercise in older adulthood raises commitment from members of the older interesting issues concerning cultural and population in the community. Moreover chronological variations in lifestyle patterns. research instruments are often only validated in There were clear physical and psychological specific settings, which might restrict their gains to the study sample (chosen from a more general applicability. Consequently Gill reasonably affluent white population) from and her colleagues have investigated the engaging in exercise programmes. Jennifer and validity of a measure that might be of value to Karen conclude by pointing out that while others researching the general older adult time, motivation and opportunity will change in population. They find the EQ-5D to be short an understandable manner throughout the life and easy to use and to be commended to other course, direct comparisons with other cultures researchers requiring such a generic health – or even for ethnic minorities in advanced status measure – their critical discussion economies – is not always possible and further suggests areas for improvement in the research investigating cultural variations in exercise practice would be revealing. 2 Quality in Ageing – Policy, practice and research Volume 5 Issue 3 November 2004 © Pavilion Publishing 2004

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Quality in Ageing and Older AdultsEmerald Publishing

Published: Nov 1, 2004

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