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Planning for balance of care of the elderly
Author(s)Gavin H Mooney
Corporate AuthorHealth Economics Research Unit, University of Aberdeen
PublisherUniversity of Aberdeen, Health Economics Research Unit, Aberdeen, 1977
Pages18 pp (Health Economics Research Unit Discussion paper no 02/77)
KeywordsServices ; Policy ; Planning [admin] ; Econometrics ; Social surveys ; Aberdeen.
AnnotationThis paper outlines a methodology for examining the balance of care between community, residential home and hospital. It is suggested that by presenting data on the dependency characteristics and costs of care of older people who are close to existing boundaries of care between these sectors, decision makers concerned with planning for care of older people will be better placed to make judgments about the expansion or contraction of certain sectors. The question of relative benefit measurement is left to the subjective judgment of the decision makers. However, the methodology used forces the decision maker to be explicit about the relative weight attached to different changes in the balance of care. The paper also describes the application of the approach to the care of older people in Aberdeen, and presents some results of surveys conducted with older people in the community and in residential homes. The costs of care in different locations are also estimated and presented. The paper is written at a semi-technical level, but will be comprehensible to non-economists familiar with the problems of care of older people. (RH).
Accession NumberCPA-930722006
ClassmarkI: QAD: QA6: WE: 3F: 9ND

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