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ERIC Number: EJ876444
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 1
ISSN: ISSN-1045-1595
Peonies: Promoting Person-Centered Services for People with Disabilities
Karon, Sarita
Adult Learning, v18 n3-4 p34-36 Sum-Fall 2007
People who live at the margins of society--those living with physical, psychological or cognitive disability, low literacy, low income, domestic violence, or discrimination--inhabit a large but often disempowered part of US society. Several fields, including social work, nursing, and adult education serve people living at these societal margins. Each of these fields holds a person-centered philosophy, but in practice, professionals are far more likely to define the problem, program content, and evaluation outcome criteria and control allocation of resources. Several innovative person-centered programs have been developed, but there is little communication and opportunity for interdisciplinary collaboration and cross learning. This article focuses on a multi-stakeholder collaboration between a State government agency, university researchers in health policy and nursing, people with disabilities, and organizations that are responsible for coordinating and delivering person-centered care to people with disabilities. The author describes the institutional context of care and the existing paradigm that shapes how needs are assessed and services delivered for people with disabilities, and then describes an innovative program, PEONIES (Personal Experience Outcomes iNtegrated Interview and Evaluation System) that is designed to support person-centered, outcome-driven service planning and quality.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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