Determinants of Health and Disability in Ageing Population: The COURAGE in Europe Project (Collaborative Research on Ageing in Europe)

Matilde Leonardi, Somnath Chatterji, Seppo Koskinen, Jose Luis Ayuso-Mateos, Josep Maria Haro, Giovanni Frisoni, Lucilla Frattura, Andrea Martinuzzi, Beata Tobiasz-Adamczyk, Michal Gmurek, Ramon Serrano, Carla Finocchiaro

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Abstract

COURAGE in Europe was a 3-year project involving 12 partners from four European countries and the World Health Organization. It was inspired by the pressing need to integrate international studies on disability and ageing in light of an innovative perspective based on a validated data-collection protocol. COURAGE in Europe Project collected data on the determinants of health and disability in an ageing population, with specific tools for the evaluation of the role of the built environment and social networks on health, disability, quality of life and well-being. The main survey was conducted by partners in Finland, Poland and Spain where the survey has been administered to a sample of 10800 persons, which was completed in March 2012. The newly developed and validated COURAGE Protocol for Ageing Studies has proven to be a valid tool for collecting comparable data in ageing population, and the COURAGE in Europe Project has created valid and reliable scientific evidence, demonstrating cross-country comparability, for disability and ageing research and policy development. It is therefore recommended that future studies exploring determinants of health and disability in ageing use the COURAGE-derived methodology.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)193-198
Number of pages6
JournalClinical Psychology and Psychotherapy
Volume21
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Keywords

  • Ageing
  • Built Environment
  • Determinants of Health and Disability
  • Quality of Life
  • Social Networks
  • Well-being

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Medicine(all)

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