Informal and formal care: Substitutes or complements in care for people with dementia? Empirical evidence for 8 European countries

Patrick Bremer, David Challis, Ingalill Rahm Hallberg, Helena Leino-Kilpi, Kai Saks, Bruno Vellas, Sandra M G Zwakhalen, Dirk Sauerland

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    Abstract

    Background: In order to contain public health care spending, European countries attempt to promote informal caregiving. However, such a cost reducing strategy will only be successful if informal caregiving is a substitute for formal health care services. We therefore analyze the effect of informal caregiving for people with dementia on the use of several formal health care services. Study design: The empirical analysis is based on primary data generated by the EU-project ´RightTimePlaceCare` which is conducted in 8 European countries. 1223 people with dementia receiving informal care at home were included in the study.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)613-622
    JournalHealth Policy
    Volume121
    Issue number6
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2017

    Subject classification (UKÄ)

    • Health Care Service and Management, Health Policy and Services and Health Economy

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