There are approximately 200,000 Australians providing informal care to persons with dementia. Time cost of informal care is significant in dementia which is, however, often neglected in health policy decisions, including funding decisions. This is often due to the lack of robust methods to place a dollar figure on time spent caregiving.
To overcome this problem, the aim of this project is to derive a dollar figure on the time cost of informal care provided to people with dementia. This monetary value will account for both the positive and negative impacts of informal care. This information will ultimately improve policy advice that reports on cost-effectiveness information by including the cost of informal care in future evaluations of health care interventions. This project has the potential to improve the quality of dementia care across Australia and the services that people living with dementia and their carers receive.
This first stage of recruitment is to interview 15-25 people who live anywhere in Australia, who care for somebody with dementia at home. The interview will be about the carer's quality of life and things that impact on it.
Interviews will take about 1 hour and can be conducted in person (in Victoria only), over the phone or via video-conference (e.g. Skype).
To express interest in participating or for more information please contact researchers on email: firstname.lastname@example.org phone: Jess (03) 9244 3049 or Lidia (03) 9246 8573.
This study has received approval from the Deakin University Human Research Ethics Committee (DUHREC), approval number: 2019-067.