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Economic Evaluation of Palliative Care in Ireland

This project examined evidence on the cost and cost effectiveness of alternative models of specialist palliative care (SPC) (e.g., variations in the mix of specialist palliative in-patient, day, and home care) in Ireland.

For the three comparator areas which included the HSE Midlands Area (incorporating Laois, Offaly, Longford, and Westmeath), the HSE Mid West Area (incorporating Clare, Limerick, and North Tipperary), and the HSE South East Area (including South Tipperary, Waterford and Wexford, excluding Carlow/Kilkenny).For three comparator area, the specific objectives were to:

  1. estimate total formal care costs per patient in receipt of SPC over the last year of life
  2. estimate total informal care costs per patient in receipt of SPC over the last year of life
  3. measure specified outcomes (accessibility and quality of care, location of death, palliative care outcomes, and quality of life) per patient in receipt of SPC

Based on the above data, a subsequent objective was to

  • jointly assess the pattern of costs and outcomes.

Link to report: Economic Evaluation of Palliative Care in Ireland

 

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