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Include impact on informal carers in economic evaluations

Economic evaluations of health interventions aim to support decision making in healthcare. To effectively do so, evaluations need to include all relevant costs and effects of an intervention. Informal care provided by family or friends is an important element of care for many patients, but can have a profound impact on the health and well-being of carers. Therefore, informal care should be considered in economic evaluations of health interventions. Different methods to do so exist.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:19

The pressure felt by informal carers of people with dementia. Nursing Standard. 15, 17,47-53

Mary Ann Kelly was prompted to use family trees to help people with dementia after reading a continuing professional development article. Nursing Standard. 15, 17,47-53

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:18

Developing dementia care services across India

In the first of two articles about developing dementia services in India, Diana Kerr presents an overview of the country and describes two specific projects.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:18

Better support for an 11-year-old carer

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:18

Family ties

After reading a continuing professional development article on dementia, Susan Briggs reflected on how she deals with clients' relatives. I read this article with interest and subsequently undertook my own research, which I used to reflect on a recent experience. The following is a short excerpt from my reflection.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:18

Partners in care: sharing

INTRODUCTORY NOTE

My wife, Pauline, died from Alzheimer’s disease at the age of 59. She was 51 when diagnosed after several years of problems. I cared for her at home. For the first 3 years, I maintained my employment, albeit on an increasingly part-time basis, but resigned from work and cared for her full-time for 5 years when her needs demanded round-the-clock attention. She remained in her own home to within 5 weeks of her death, when fracturing my leg put paid to my direct caring role.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:18

In our own words

Looks at what user consultation and empowerment mean to service users and carers themselves.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:18

Meaningful involvement: carers as students

Penny Hibberd introduces an innovative idea for involving carers in higher education, and carers Caryn and Ted Bird explain how they have benefited from the approach 

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:18

Carers

The article discusses the legislative statement issued by Deputy Minister for Social Services, Gwenda Thomas on the Carers Legislative Competence Order in the Welsh Assembly on December 9, 2008. Thomas said there were still key areas that were not being consistently addressed across Wales including young carers who wants recognition and support where possible. But Thomas clarified that young carers should not have the responsibility that was inappropriate to their age or capacity. Thomas also proposed to include all ages in the definition of carers.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:18

Taking the time to care

Discusses the low levels of carers claiming carers allowances and highlights ways of encouraging take up of the allowances.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:18

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