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Estudio económico del tiempo de cuidado informal como factor de producción de salud en el enfermo de Alzheimer no institucionalizado

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  • Berta Rivera
  • Bruno Casal
  • Luis Currais

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La enfermedad de Alzheimer representa una carga importante en términos de tiempo para el cuidador del enfermo no institucionalizado. El objetivo de este artículo es estimar el coste del tiempo del cuidado informal según el tipo de discapacidad y estudiar los factores determinantes de su variabilidad. El análisis empírico se ha realizado a partir de los datos obtenidos de un cuestionario retrospectivo administrado por el cuidador, utilizando un modelo de estimación probabilístico. Los resultados muestran que la mayor parte del tiempo se invierte en actividades de cuidado personal y movilidad física, aumentando el coste medio al considerar estadios más graves de la enfermedad. Las diferencias en tiempo se explican, principalmente, por la fase de la enfermedad, el estado de salud del cuidador y la disponibilidad de cuidados profesionales.

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  • Berta Rivera & Bruno Casal & Luis Currais, 2008. "Estudio económico del tiempo de cuidado informal como factor de producción de salud en el enfermo de Alzheimer no institucionalizado," Economic Reports 16-08, FEDEA.
  • Handle: RePEc:fda:fdacee:16-08
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