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Center for Research and Innovation in Elderly Care

Director: Assistant Professor Dr. Sirirat Panuthai


In March, The Center began a new project entitled “Development of a Model and Care Management of Chronically-Ill Elders by Community Participation, Nong Hoi Sub-District.” The Center has had a longstanding relationship with the Nong Hoi community, often sending master students to provide care services for chronically-ill elders. The community began voicing concerns regarding providing long-term care for the many elderly who were chronically-ill and/or disabled. Given the Center’s experience in long-term care, researchers began working with the community to develop a research proposal tailored to their specific needs. Two community forums were held in Nong Hoi during the proposal development process and the project received funding from the Thai Research Fund, which promotes community-based participatory research projects that are community-generated.

This participatory action research project is overseen by a research team comprised of Center researchers, the administrative officer from the Tambol Area Office (TAO), and nurses from the local Health Promotion Hospital. Researchers first conducted a situational analysis which involved focus groups with the elderly, their caregivers, key people in the community, and community health volunteers. In-depth interviews were conducted with personnel from the Health Promotion Hospital and the TAO. Quantitative data was collected through a questionnaire completed by caregivers and elderly persons who are chronically-ill and/or disabled. This provided baseline data which researchers used to develop a long-term care model which they pilot tested and revised. The next phases of the study will involve model implementation, evaluation, ad community feedback.

The Center, in collaboration with the Nursing Service Center, is conducting a 4-month training in Elderly Care for Nurses from March-June. The Center is also developing a curriculum for a new training in Elderly Care for Caregivers. The 420-hour curriculum is close to completion and participant enrollment should be open soon. Currently, the Center is exploring the idea to create an international version of this course so that caregivers can assist elderly foreigners in Chiang Mai. Before this can happen the Center will need to conduct a needs assessment to better tailor care for elderly foreigners – activity-based care, daytime care, or 24-hour care. More than likely, different training tracks will be developed based on identified needs.

On February 4, Assistant Professor Dr. Sirirat Panuthai gave an oral presentation on an intermediate care model for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at the Future of Population’s Health: Transcultural Nursing and Health Care Quality conference in Chiang Mai.

On March 18-19, representatives from the Center participated in a meeting at HelpAge International in Chiang Mai. HelpAge is currently developing a publication outlining approaches and best practices in community-based care in Southeast and East Asia. Representatives from countries throughout the region were in attendance. This manual will be published in the coming months. At the end of March, the Center invited the National Health Security Office to discuss possible collaboration related to updating the universal healthcare system to include coverage for home-based care for the elderly. Currently universal health care only covers the cost of care received in hospitals. The Center proposed conducting a pilot study to compare the costs of home-based vs. hospitalized care which will inform this potential change in national policy.





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