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The economic cost of Alzheimer 's disease : family or public health burden? / CASTRO, Diego M.. ; [et al].
Dementia & neuropsychologia, 2010, vol. 4 (4 (dec.)), p. 262-267.

http://www.demneuropsy.com.br/imageBank/PDF/v4n4a03.pdf... (30-01-2012)

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: South America

Descriptors
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Alzheimer's disease
Health costs
Economic aspects
Social costs


Résumé :

Alzheimer's disease (AD) patients suffer progressive cognitive, behavioral and functional impairment which result in a heavy burden to patients, families, and the public-health system. AD entails both direct and indirect costs. Indirect costs (such as loss or reduction of income by the patient or family members) are the most important costs in early and community-dwelling AD patients. Direct costs (such as medical treatment or social services) increase when the disorder progresses, and the patient is institutionalized or a formal caregiver is required. Drug therapies represent an increase in direct cost but can reduce some other direct or indirect costs involved. Several studies have projected overall savings to society when using drug therapies and all relevant cost are considered, where results depend on specific patient and care setting characteristics. Dementia should be the focus of analysis when public health policies are being devised. South American countries should strengthen their policy and planning capabilities by gathering more local evidence about the burden of AD and how it can be shaped by treatment options.

Language : Anglais
Doc n° : 28924
NumRec : 6070703
 

       

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