The Economic Value Of Informal Caregiving For Persons With Dementia: Results From 38 States, The District Of Columbia, And Puerto Rico, 2015 And 2016 BRFSS

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Erin Bouldin, Assistant Professor, PhD (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
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Abstract: Objectives. To estimate the economic value from a societal perspective of informal caregiving of persons with dementia in 38 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Methods. Using a cost replacement method and data from the 2015 and 2016 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System caregiver module, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics May 2016 Occupation Profiles, and the US Department of Labor, we estimated the number and economic direct cost of caregiving hours. Results. An estimated 3.2 million dementia caregivers provided more than 4.1 billion hours of care, with an average of 1278 hours per caregiver. The median hourly value of dementia caregiving was $10.28. Overall, we valued these caregiving hours at $41.5 billion, with an average of $13069 per caregiver. Conclusions. Caregivers of persons with dementia provide care that has important economic implications. Without these efforts, many people would either not receive needed care or have to pay for that support. Surveillance data can be used to estimate the contributions of informal caregivers and the economic value of the care they provide.

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Kristina M. Rabarison, Erin D. Bouldin, Connie L. Bish, Lisa C. McGuire, Christopher A. Taylor, Kurt J. Greenlund, “The Economic Value of Informal Caregiving for Persons With Dementia: Results From 38 States, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, 2015 and 2016 BRFSS”, American Journal of Public Health 108, no. 10 (October 1, 2018): pp. 1370-1377. DOI: 10.2105/AJPH.2018.304573. Publisher version of record available at:
Language: English
Date: 2018
Caregiving, Dementia, Informal caregiving, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, cost of caregiving hours

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