Evaluating the Economic Loss of Caregiving for Palliative Care Patients

Evaluating the Economic Loss of Caregiving for Palliative Care Patients

Evaluating the Economic Loss of Caregiving for Palliative Care Patients

Evaluating the Economic Loss of Caregiving for Palliative Care Patientss

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1. Objectifs


Intentions :
«Nous proposons une mesure unifiée pour évaluer le fardeau économique qui incombe aux familles durant la phase palliative de la maladie et nous comparons cette mesure à un seuil de faible revenu de Statistique Canada.» (p. 210)

2. Méthode


Échantillon/Matériau :
«Un échantillon de patients recevant des soins palliatifs à domicile et leur principaux proche-aidants ont été recrutés dans cinq régions urbaines canadiennes» (p. 210), dont Montréal.

Instruments :
Questionnaire

Type de traitement des données :
Analyse statistique

3. Résumé


« [W]e used a survey to estimate the economic losses due to caregiving. We followed these cases from the patient’s entry into a community palliative care program until death, or to a maximum of six months. We measured the economic loss due to caregiving as the value of lost work and out-of pocket care-related expenses. Our results for the sample indicate that a relatively small number of persons sustain large economic losses.» (p. 213-214) «About 9 percent of families incurred economic losses in excess of 10 percent of their pre-study gross annual income; low-income status increased tram 27 (before) to 40 (after). [...] This is the first study to provide a unified measure of economic losses of caregiving that can be related to a publicly designated low-income threshold.» (p. 210)