Participation de Pauline Chauvin au séminaire MODAPA avec Chloé Gervès (Irset – Inserm UMR 1085)
8 juin, participation de Pauline Chauvin au séminaire MODAPA avec Chloé Gervès (Irset – Inserm UMR 1085)
Evaluation of full costs of care for patients with Alzheimer’s disease in France: The predominant role of informal care
Objective: It is crucial that the cost of Alzheimer’s disease be evaluated, from a societal perspective, since the number of patients is expected to increase dramatically in the coming decades. This assessment of the full cost of care for community-dwelling patients with Alzheimer’s disease in France also addresses the factors associated with informal care, its predominant component.
Data and methods: From 2009 to 2010, 57 patient/informal caregiver pairs were interviewed using the Resource Utilization in Dementia questionnaire, adapted to provide a micro- costing approach of the overall care process. Both the opportunity cost method and the proxy good method were used to value informal care. Ordinary least square regression was performed to determine factors associated with informal care.
Results: Average total monthly costs were D2450 with the proxy good method and D3102 with the opportunity cost method. Living with the patient, severity of dementia and hours spent on formal care were significantly associated with informal care time.
Policy implications: Since French allowance cannot cover all formal and informal non- medical costs, the choice for policy makers is either to spend more on formal care or to develop family care by investing in supportive programmes for informal caregivers.