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Estimating the costs of informal care for people with Alzheimer's disease: methodological and practical challenges

In Alzheimer's disease and related disorders estimates of informal care costs have been neglected and when included in cost of illness studies, valuations have been highly variable. This illustrates the need to standardise the methodology not only for valuing formal, but also informal care costs. Methods used for valuing informal care are identified, together with theoretical and practical challenges in measurement. In particular the measurement of time and it's associated satisfaction or utility is complex and valuations of time need to consider aspects of the caregiving experience which influence the marginal valuation of the time spent caring. Argues that more empirical work is required to elicit information on both the positive and negative satisfaction associated with caregiving and to incorporate this into valuations of the costs related to informal care.

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Additional Titles
International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry

Key Information

Type of Reference
Jour
ISBN/ISSN
1099-1166;0885-6230
Resource Database
Social care online
Publication Year
2001
Issue Number
4
Volume Number
16
Start Page
400-405