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Health economic evaluations of non-pharmacological interventions for persons with dementia and their informal caregivers: a systematic review

Background: This systematic review aims to review the literature on trial-based economic evaluations of non-pharmacological interventions directly targeted at persons with dementia as well as persons with mild cognitive impairment and their respective caregivers.; Methods: A systematic literature research was conducted for the timeframe from 2010 to 2016 in the following databases: Centre for Reviews and Dissemination, EconLit, Embase, Cochrane Library, PsycINFO and PubMed. Study quality was assessed according to the Drummond criteria.; Results: In total sixteen publications were identified. Health economic evaluations indicated the cost-effectiveness of physical exercise interventions and occupational therapy. There was also evidence to suggest that psychological and behavioral therapies are cost-effective. Health economic studies investigating psychosocial interventions mainly targeted towards informal caregivers showed inconsistent results.; Conclusions: Due to the increasing prevalence of dementia non-pharmacological interventions and their health economic impact are of increasing importance for health care decision-makers and HTA agencies.

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Type of Reference
Jour
Type of Work
Review
Publisher
BioMed Central
ISBN/ISSN
1471-2318
Publication Year
2018
Issue Number
1
Journal Titles
BMC Geriatrics
Volume Number
18
Start Page
69