The available evidence from routine surveys about the characteristics, care and support. and outcomes of people with social care needs in England is very limited. This paucity of evidence undermines our understanding of how best to organise and provide services for people in need of social care support.
This project is exploring the potential for extracting structured data about needs, services and outcomes from administrative records, and specifically from case notes collected during the assessment of needs of older people in receipt of local authority social care support.
This project will assess the potential to extract structured indicators from large amounts of free-text case notes, and will test the validity of these indicators as predictors of patterns of care use (type and intensity of health and social care services) and of care outcomes (for example, risk of institutionalisation).