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Long-Term care policies in Latin America: A Systematic Review

Matus-López, Mauricio (2015): Long-Term care policies in Latin America: A Systematic Review.


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Objective: The aim of this paper is to summarize and synthesize recent literature about long-term care policies in Latin America and countries of the region with highest proportion of elderly population. Method: A systematic review was conducted in PubMed, Web of Science and Scopus databases for the period 2010-2015. The keywords were long-term care policies and elderly care for Latin America, Argentina, Chile and Uruguay. Results: Twelve articles were included on the basis of the above criteria in different areas of medical sciences, public health, and planning. The studies encompass bibliographic reviews, analyses of indicators, surveys, and interviews. Four articles deal directly with the situation of long-term care policies and the other eight deals with this issue indirectly. Discussion: There is little scientific production about long-term care policies in Latin America. The lack of research stands in contrast with the high forecasts for demand for such care. It appears, therefore, of the utmost urgency to push for research and policies of this type in the region.

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