Proposal for a Framework to Enable Elicitation of Preferences for Clients in Need of Long-Term Care

Catharina M van Leersum, Ben van Steenkiste, Albine Moser, Judith RLM Wolf, Trudy van der Weijden

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Purpose: Collaborative deliberation comprises personal engagement, recognition of alternative actions, comparative learning, preference elicitation, and preference integration. Collaborative deliberation may be improved by assisting preference elicitation during shared decision-making. This study proposes a framework for preference elicitation to facilitate collaborative deliberation in long-term care consultations.
Methods: First, a literature overview was conducted comprising current models for the elicitation of preferences in health and social care settings. The models were reviewed and compared. Second, qualitative research was applied to explore those issues that matter most to clients in long-term care. Data were collected from clients in long-term care, comprising 16 interviews, 3 focus groups, 79 client records, and 200 online client reports. The qualitative analysis followed a deductive approach. The results of the literature overview and qualitative research were combined.
Results: Based on the literature overview, five overarching domains of preferences were described: "Health", "Daily life", "Family and friends", "Living conditions", and "Finances". The credibility of these domains was confirmed by qualitative data analysis. During interviews, clients addressed issues that matter in their lives, including a "click" with their care professional, safety, contact with loved ones, and assistance with daily structure and activities. These data were used to determine the content of the domains.
Conclusion: A framework for preference elicitation in long-term care is proposed. This framework could be useful for clients and professionals in preference elicitation during collaborative deliberation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1553-1566
Number of pages14
JournalPatient Preference and Adherence
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Collaborative deliberation
  • Decision support
  • Long-term care
  • Patient preferences
  • Preference elicitation


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