Katarzyna Szczerbinska is adjunct at the Institute of Public Health of Jagiellonian University Medical College in Kraków. She is a specialist in internal diseases, geriatrics, and public health. She received her MD and PhD at Jagiellonian University Medical College. The themes of her PhD deal with measuring needs and access of the elderly to medical and social care services.For many years she worked as a physician in different health care settings for the elderly and long-term care institutions (Geriatric Department of Jagiellonian University Hospital, geriatric clinic, nursing home and skilled nursing LTC facilities, and a palliative care institution). Lecturer and researcher in the Health Promotion Department at the Institute of Public Health since 1994, her areas of expertise are organization of long-term care with focus on health promotion and quality of care assurance. Most of her publications are concerned with those areas and are results of collaboration with the University of Limburg and Sheffield University. She has participated in several international projects as a cocoordinator (TEMPUS No 3734/9 - in Health Promotion) and researcher (BIOMED2 - COPE, 5th FP- CLESA, 5th FP-EUROPHEN). All of those projects deal with problems of quality of life of the elderly and their caregivers.