Gerontology Book

March 6th, 2013

Case Management:
A Book for Successful Coordination in Gerontology

Yves Couturier, a researcher at the Research Centre on Aging, along with three doctoral students, has published La coordination en gérontologie (coordination in gerontology), a practical work for students and professionals to help them succeed as case managers.

Case management is a core task in gerontology which involves assessing, planning and coordinating services provided to seniors. Adapted and developed for Quebec's needs a few years ago by current health care and social services minister, Dr. Réjean Hébert, the practice of case management has spread throughout the health care and social services network, but not uniformly. In Quebec, case management remains the focus of discussions on how to ensure the optimal development of public services intended to increase or maintain the independence of older persons.

"The current challenge is to build an effective network among the actors working with older persons," said Professor Yves Couturier, a researcher at the CDRV, a professor at the Université de Sherbrooke's École de travail, and the chairholder of the Canada Research Chair in Professional Practices in Integrating Gerontology Services. The book's collaborators include Dominique Gagnon, Louise Belzile and Mylènes Salles.

Professor Couturier noted that an overabundance of information sometimes complicates resulting operations. That is why the case manager, both as a spokesperson and as a mediator, must be perfectly capable of communicating with patients as well as their family, social, and medical networks.

Written in very simple French, this book is intended primarily for social workers or professionals working with older persons as well as students who wish to acquire the skills to work successfully in the field of gerontology.

The book positions the practice of dedicated coordination in relation to the empowerment of older persons, services integration, service quality and continuity. It also identifies current issues and case management tools (models, implementation, and tasks).

Contact and information: Professor Yves Couturier: yves.couturier@usherbrooke.ca

Yves Couturier, Dominique Gagnon, Louise Belzile et Mylène Salles (2013). La coordination en gérontologie; Presses de l’Université de Montréal, 24,95$ in paperback, half price for the electronic version (www.pum.umontreal.ca).


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