Journal article

Health care costs of people referred to an aged care assessment team: the effect of cognitive impairment

D LoGiudice, W Waltrowicz, D Ames, K Brown, C Burrows, L Flicker

AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH | PUBLIC HEALTH ASSOC AUSTRALIA INC | Published : 1997

Abstract

The aim of this study was to determine the effect cognitive impairment has on direct and indirect costs to elderly people, their carers and the community over one year, by following prospectively a cohort of elderly people referred to an aged care assessment team. The 78 subjects were drawn from a random sample of people referred to the NorthWest Hospital team, and validated tools were used to assess their cognitive state. Outcome measures included total costs of community services, residential care, hospital bed use, carer burden and psychological morbidity. A comparison of outcome measures was made between those with cognitive impairment and those without. Use of community services and hos..

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