29 August 2009

Economic, health and social issues of informal care

Impact of home based long term care on informal carers
Richard Percival, Laurie Brown, Binod Nepal, Geetha Ranmuthugala
National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling
Reprint from Australian Family Physician 2009 August, 38(8): 618-620

Well coordinated and integrated home based care is an efficient and cost effective model for providing long term care. There is, however, emerging evidence to suggest that family members pay a price for taking on long term care responsibilities at home.

This article draws on published literature to provide an overview of the health, economic, and social issues faced by informal carers. The objective is to contribute to the knowledge base of clinicians about the impact of chronic disease and disability on families taking on the care responsibility in a home environment, thereby informing the delivery of best practice. > read brief article

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