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Title: Usefulness and Limitations of Evaluation Scales in the Care of Elderly People
Author(s): DAGNEAUX, Isabelle
Journal: Ethical Perspectives
Volume: 14 Issue: 2 Date: June 2007
Evaluation scales are used in the care of elderly people. They are useful for estimating the workload, the necessary resources, the care cost, the patient’s dependency or autonomy in daily life, and/or the patient’s needs. The large number of grids already indicates their insufficiency. This article explores the stakes implied by the evaluations, which use concepts more or less clearly defined as autonomy, dependency, deficiency, incapacity. It also questions our understanding of interdependence, vulnerability, and responsibility, and their implications in the care relations with elderly people.