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Health Serv Res. Oct 1992; 27(4): 421–451.
PMCID: PMC1069888

The use of formal and informal home care by the disabled elderly.


Using data from the Channeling experiment, this article analyzes the factors associated with the amount of formal and informal home care received by the disabled elderly. The amounts of formal and informal home care used increase with disability, as well as with other measures of need for care. The use of formal care increases, and the use of informal care decreases, with income. The availability of immediate family increases reliance on informal care and reduces reliance on formal care. The findings have implications for the design of proposed programs to expand publicly financed home care for the disabled elderly.

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