The effects of dependence and function on costs of care for Alzheimer's disease and mild cognitive impairment in Ireland

Gillespie et al. (2012) using data from the Enhancing Care in Alzheimer’s Disease (ECAD) study estimate the costs of formal and informal care for a sample of people with Alzheimer’s disease and amnestic and mild cognitive impairment (MCI) living in the community in ROI over a six month period. They then undertook a multivariate statistical analysis to explore the effects of dependence and function on costs of care.  They found that dependence and function of a person with dementia were both independently associated with the total cost of formal and informal care. As dependence on others increased, total costs increased. Conversely, an improvement in patient function led to a decline in the total cost of care. 

Title: 
The effects of dependence and function on costs of care for Alzheimer's disease and mild cognitive impairment in Ireland
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2012
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GILLESPIE, P., O'SHEA, E., CULLINAN, J., LACEY, L., GALLAGHER, D. and NI MHAOLAIN, A., 2013. The effects of dependence and function on costs of care for Alzheimer's disease and mild cognitive impairment in Ireland. International journal of geriatric psychiatry, 28(3), pp. 256-264.