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ASCOT (Adult social care outcomes toolkit)

What is it? This is a tool that can be used to calculate the overall ASCOT well-being score for individuals on the basis of their responses to questions about their current social care-related quality life (SCRQoL), and their SCRQoL in the absence of services.

Who is it for? For use with adults. The aim is for the measure to be applicable across as wide a range of user groups and care and support settings as possible.

Format of recording: Investigators can enter details from service users collected using ASCOT questionnaires (by interview or through self-completion). Current SCRQoL information is collected in either three or four levels across either eight or nine domains of SCRQoL (depending on the service option). The data entry tools then apply the relative importance or 'preference' weights estimated in the MOPSU and OSCA projects to each level within each domain to obtain the overall current SCRQoL score. This overall score is a number between zero and one which quantifies a service user's well-being in terms of the degree to which they experience a range of care needs. In developing these indicators, the research team experimented with a number of options for these measures which balance sensitivity and validity of the indicators against ease of use and general parsimony. Spreadsheets are provided in the toolkit, which can aggregate data.

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Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU)