Bringing the economic cost of informal caregiving into focus

Nikki McCaffrey, J Brian Cassel, Joanna Coast

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Do specialised palliative care services improve outcomes for patients with advanced progressive illness at the end of life and their families at lower or acceptable cost compared with traditional health and social care services? Health economics research can help answer this question. Economic evaluations systematically compare the relative costs and benefits of competing options and thus provide information about how best to improve patient and family outcomes within funding constraints. Costs and outcomes are jointly considered to evaluate how best to achieve value for money from scarce resources. However, there is sparse evidence on the efficiency and equity of palliative and end-of-life care, in part due to the difficulties associated with conducting research in this context, particularly measuring costs and outcomes
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)866-867
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of Palliative Medicine
Issue number10
Early online date22 Oct 2015
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2015

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