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Clin Interv Aging. 2006;1(2):143-54.

Economic considerations in the management of Alzheimer's disease.

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Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center (GRECC) and Program of Research on Serious Physical and Mental Illness,Targeted Research Enhancement Program (TREP), Bronx VA Medical Center, Bronx, NY 10468. USA.


Alzheimer's disease is a devastating chronic disease that significantly increases healthcare costs and affects the quality of life (QoL) of the afflicted patients and their caregivers. Population aging and other demographic changes may further increase the already staggering costs of this devastating disease. While few pharmacoeconomic studies have used a prospective health economics design to assess resource utilization, most studies showed beneficial treatment effects and suggested potential savings in healthcare costs and reductions in caregiver burden. Various degrees of cost savings have been reported depending on the type of economic model, treatment evaluated, and region used in the studies. Direct comparisons of the results are difficult because different methods have been used in these evaluations. The preference of patients and families for home care for as long as possible suggests that promoting noninstitutional care for these patients should become a priority. Continued home care for patients under pharmacological treatment may reduce caregiver burden, healthcare costs, and ultimately improve patients' and caregivers' QoL.

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