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The theoretical and empirical basis of a BioPsychoSocial (BPS) risk screener for detection of older people's health related needs, planning of community programs, and targeted care interventions

Citation
Hildon ZJ, Tan CS, Shiraz F, Ng WC, Deng X, Koh GCH, Tan KB, Philp I, Wiggans D, Aw S, Wu T & Vrijhoef HJM (2018) The theoretical and empirical basis of a BioPsychoSocial (BPS) risk screener for detection of older people's health related needs, planning of community programs, and targeted care interventions. BMC Geriatrics, 18 (1), Art. No.: 49. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12877-018-0739-x

Abstract
Background This study introduces the conceptual basis and operational measure, ofBioPyschoSocial (BPS) healthand related risk to better understand how well older people are managing and to screen for risk status. The BPS Risk Screener is constructed to detectvulnerabilityat older ages, and seeks to measure dynamic processes that place equal emphasis on Psycho-emotional and Socio-interpersonal risks, as Bio-functional ones. We validate the proposed measure and describe its application to programming. Methods We undertook a quantitative cross-sectional, psychometric study withn = 1325 older Singaporeans, aged 60 and over. We adapted the EASYCare 2010 and Lubben Social Network Scale questionnaires to help determine the BPS domains using factor analysis from which we derive the BPS Risk Screener items. We then confirm its structure, and test the scoring system. The score is initially validated against self-reported general health then modelled against: number of falls; cognitive impairment; longstanding diseases; and further tested against service utilization (linked administrative data). Results Three B, P and S clusters are defined and identified and a BPSmanaging score(‘doing’ well, or ‘some’, ‘many’, and ‘overwhelming problems’) calculated such that the risk of problematic additive BPS effects, what we term health‘loads’, are accounted for. Thirty-five items (factor loadings over 0.5) clustered into three distinct B, P, S domains and were found to be independently associated with self-reported health: B: 1.99 (1.64 to 2.41), P: 1.59 (1.28 to 1.98), S: 1.33 (1.10 to 1.60). The fit improved when combined into the managing score 2.33 (1.92 to 2.83, < 0.01). The score was associated with mounting risk for all outcomes. Conclusions BPS domain structures, and the novel scoring system capturing dynamic BPS additive effects, which can combine to engender vulnerability, are validated through this analysis. The resulting tool helps render clients’ risk status and related intervention needs transparent. Given its explicit and empirically supported attention to P and S risks, which have the potential to be more malleable than B ones, especially in the older old, this tool is designed to be change sensitive.

Keywords
Interdisciplinary theory; Successful ageing; Risk stratification; Measurement study; Implementation science; Integrated care delivery in the community

Journal
BMC Geriatrics: Volume 18, Issue 1

StatusPublished
Author(s)Hildon, Zoe J-L; Tan, Chuen Seng; Shiraz, Farah; Ng, Wai Chong; Deng, Xiaodong; Koh, Gerald Choon Huat; Tan, Kelvin Bryan; Philp, Ian; Wiggans, Dick; Aw, Su; Wu, Treena; Vrijhoef, Hubertus J M
Publication date17/02/2018
Publication date online17/02/2018
Date accepted by journal31/01/2018
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/26800
PublisherBioMed Central
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