Background: Several outcome measures can be utilised to measure social participation and Quality of Life (QoL) in research and clinical practice. However there have been few large-scale trials of these tools in community care to identify their value to clients and providers. This study aims to evaluate the implementation of the Australian Community Participation Questionnaire (ACPQ) and the ICEpop CAPability measure for Older people (ICECAP-O) as tools to measure social participation and QoL for clients receiving community aged care services. The specific research questions focus on determining: (1) the levels and predictors of social participation and QoL among older adults using community aged care services; (2) the acceptability and feasibility of implementation of ACPQ and ICECAP-O tools into routine community aged care assessments; (3) if implementation of the tools change service provision and outcomes for older adults receiving community aged care services. Methods: A mixed method design will be used to collect data from a large Australian aged care provider. Community aged care clients' ACPQ and ICECAP-O scores, as well as other key outcomes (e.g. services used, hospitalisation and admission to permanent residential care), will be examined at baseline and 12-monthly follow-up assessments. Interviews and focus groups with community aged care clients and staff who administer the tools will also be completed. Descriptive statistics and multiple linear regression will be used to examine the levels and predictors of social participation and QoL. Thematic analysis of interviews and focus groups will be used to determine the acceptability and feasibility of implementing the ACPQ and ICECAP-O into routine needs assessments in community aged care. Case-controlled analyses will be used to determine whether the implementation of the ACPQ and ICECAP-O changes service use and outcomes. Discussion: The novel use of the ACPQ and the ICECAP-O tools as part of routine needs assessments for community aged care clients has the potential to improve the quality and effectiveness of community aged care services and outcomes. Trial registration: Australian and New Zealand clinical trial registry number: ACTRN12617001212347. Registered 18/08/2017.
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- Aged community care
- Home care
- Quality of life
- Social participation