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Table 1 Short definition and source of the variables

From: Patterns of Long Term Care in 29 European countries: evidence from an exploratory study

Variable Definition Source
LTC BEDS IN INSTITUTIONS Beds in all types of nursing and residential care facilities dedicated to long-term nursing care and beds for palliative care in all types of nursing and residential care facilities OECD Health Data 2009
LTC RECIPIENTS IN INSTITUTIONS People receiving formal (paid) LTC in institutions (other than hospitals). The services received can be publicly or privately financed OECD Health Data 2009
LTC RECIPIENTS AT HOME People receiving formal (paid) LTC at home. The services can be publicly or privately financed OECD Health Data 2009
SELF-PERCEIVED HEALTH AS BAD OR VERY BAD, PEOPLE AGED 65 Auto-evaluation of the general health state (i.e. any temporary health problem is not considered) by respondents Eurostat Statistics
SELF- PERCEIVED LIMITATIONS IN DAILY ACTIVITIES, PEOPLE AGED 65+ Auto-evaluation by the respondents of the extent of which they are limited in activities people usually do because of health problems for at least the last six months Eurostat Statistics
TOTAL LTC EXPENDITURE(HC.3+HC.R.6) It includes "health" (HC.3) and "social" (HC.R.6) components of LTC. HC.3 refers to "Services of long term nursing care": it is the medical component of LTC.
HC.R.6 refers to " Administration and provision of social services in kind to assist living with diseases and impairment"
Eurostat Statistics
SOCIAL PROTECTION BENEFITS OLD AGE Benefits for the old age function include (1) cash benefits, such as old age pensions, anticipated old age pensions, partial retirement pension, care allowance and other cash benefits, and (2) benefits in kind, such as accommodation, assistance in carrying out daily tasks, other benefits in kind Eurostat Statistics
POPULATION OVER 80 Population aged over 80 years Eurostat Statistics