Personal Social Services Research Unit
George Allen Wing
University of Kent
The ASCOT measure is designed to capture information about an individual's social care-related quality of life (SCRQoL). The aim is for the measure to be applicable across as wide a range of user groups and care and support settings as possible.
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In identifying and defining the domains, the aim is to ensure the measure is sensitive to outcomes of social care.
Using the current version of ASCOT, outcomes can be measured in a number of ways:
It can also be used to generate capacity to benefit (CtB) scores for individuals, which are based on expected SCRQoL.
We provide a number of instruments for measuring these in different settings:
Further details about the distinction between the three- and four-level versions can be found here.
The scoring for the measure is based on population preference weights in order to reflect the relative importance of different aspects of SCRQoL reflected in the domains.
The toolkit also includes data entry tools that can be used to enter data collected with these instruments and generate sample and individual ASCOT scores for current, expected and gain in SCRQoL, and for capacity to benefit.
ASCOT has drawn on the results of PSSRU work conducted in collaboration with others as part of MOPSU, a Treasury-funded project that was led by ONS and which reported in June 2010. This work covered the measurement of outcomes in care homes, day care and information, advice and advocacy services (see below), and an HTA funded study that further developed the measure and generated the final preference weights.
ASCOT-Carer has drawn on results of PSSRU work completed as part of the Quality and Outcomes of Person-centred care policy Research Unit (QORU), and specifically under the remit of the Identifying the Impact of Adult Social Care (IIASC) study, a Department of Health-funded research project.
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