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Ratcliffe, J.

Carer preferences in economic evaluation and healthcare decision making

The preferences of informal carers are important to capture for healthcare decision making. This paper discusses how these preferences relate to the economic evaluation of health and care interventions. Three main issues are highlighted. First, there is a need to consider carer impact routinely in economic evaluations. Second, more debate is required around the ethical issues stemming from the inclusion of interdependent preferences in healthcare decision making.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:24

An assessment of the relationship between informal caring and quality of life in older community-dwelling adults - more positives than negatives?

The main objective of the study was to apply the recently developed Index of Capability (ICECAP-O) instrument to measure and value the quality of life of a representative sample of the older South Australian population (aged ≥ 65 years) according to carer status. A Health Omnibus survey including the ICECAP-O instrument, carer status (informal carer vs. non-carer) and several socio-demographic questions was administered in 2009 as a face-to-face interview to 789 individuals aged 65 years or older in their own homes.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:23

Consumer Directed Care in Australia: Early perceptions and experiences of staff, clients and carers

The study aimed to identify the shared issues and challenges being experienced by staff, their clients and informal carers, with the introduction of Consumer Directed Care (CDC). Secondary analysis was undertaken of data that had been initially collected, via semi-structured in-depth interviews, to inform the development of a discrete choice experiment. The raw staff and client/carer data were re-examined using an iterative inductive process. The analysis focused on locating the shared themes and differences between the participant groups based on their CDC experience.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:16

Investigating consumers' and informal carers' views and preferences for consumer directed care: A discrete choice experiment

Consumer directed care (CDC) is currently being embraced internationally as a means to promote autonomy and choice for consumers (people aged 65 and over) receiving community aged care services (CACSs). CDC involves giving CACS clients (consumers and informal carers of consumers) control over how CACSs are administered. However, CDC models have largely developed in the absence of evidence on clients' views and preferences.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:11

Important features of home-based support services for older Australians and their informal carers

In Australia, newly initiated, publicly subsidised ‘Home-Care Packages’ designed to assist older people (≥65 years of age) living in their own home must now be offered on a ‘consumer-directed care’ (CDC) basis by service providers. However, CDC models have largely developed in the absence of evidence on users’ views and preferences. The aim of this study was to determine what features (attributes) of consumer-directed, home-based support services are important to older people and their informal carers to inform the design of a discrete choice experiment (DCE).

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:09