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This paper reports the findings of a study that estimated the socioeconomic costs, both direct and indirect, of Alzheimer's Disease in England by using a 'burden of illness' framework. The burden of illness was calculated for all main areas of provision: hospital and residential care, general practice, day care, home care and informal care, including the calculations of costs by age-group and by service provider. The results show that the cost of this care amounted to around 1,039m pounds in 1990/91, establishing that spending associated with Alzheimer's Disease is a major area of care expenditure. Such burden of illness data should help those involved with health care decision-making, planning and priority setting, especially for health districts and social services establishing base plans for care in the community.

Type

Journal article

Journal

Health Trends

Publication Date

1993

Volume

25

Pages

31 - 37

Keywords

Aged, Alzheimer Disease, Cost of Illness, England, Health Care Costs, Health Expenditures, Health Services Needs and Demand, Hospitalization, Humans, Institutionalization, Value of Life