The overall aim of this thesis is to evaluate care for vulnerable community-dwelling older persons (≥75). Care includes health care, but also home care, living care and psychosocial care. We focus on a chain of care decisions and actions including self-perceived care needs, care utilization and appropriateness of care. In this introductory chapter we provide general background on these concepts and on the group of vulnerable older persons. Research questions, methods and outline of this thesis will be addressed successively.

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Netherlands Organization for Health Research and Development (ZonW), EMC Rotterdam, EMGO Institute, Nederlandse Vereniging voor Gerontologie (NVG)
M.G.A.A.M. Nijpels (Giel) , J.P. Mackenbach (Johan)
Erasmus University Rotterdam
Erasmus MC: University Medical Center Rotterdam

van der Ploeg, E. (2009, February 11). Care for vulnerable older persons: need, utilization and appropriateness. Retrieved from