Cognitive disability and direct care costs for elderly people.
Background Population ageing and the high costs of care support for elderly people have concentrated attention on economic issues.
Is there an association between costs and cognitive disability ?
Aims To compare service utilisation and direct costs for elderly people with different degrees of cognitive disability, and between people living in households and in communal establishments.
Method Secondary analysis of Office of Population Censuses and Surveys (OPCS) Disability Surveys data compared service utilisation and costs for 8736 elderly people with cognitive disability.
Cost estimates were constructed for all health and social care services.
Results A much greater proportion of people at higher levels of cognitive disability lived in communal establishments, where their (direct) costs were much higher than when supported in households.
Service utilisation patterns and costs varied with cognitive disability.
Conclusions It is important to look at the full range of living arrangements and support services when examining costs.
The potential cost implications of pharmacotherapies, other treatments or new care arrangements cannot be appreciated without such a broad perspective.
Declaration of interest Funded by Janssen-Cilag and the Department of Health (London).
Mots-clés Pascal : Gériatrie, Analyse coût, Relation associative, Trouble cognition, Service santé, Consommation, Personne âgée, Homme, Economie santé
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Geriatrics, Cost analysis, Associative relation, Cognitive disorder, Health service, Consumption, Elderly, Human, Health economy
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 99-0317477
Code Inist : 002B18E. Création : 16/11/1999.