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Informal and formal care : Substitutes or complements in care for people with dementia? Empirical evidence for 8 European countries

  • Patrick Bremer
  • David Challis
  • Ingalill Rahm Hallberg
  • Helena Leino-Kilpi
  • Kai Saks
  • Bruno Vellas
  • Sandra M G Zwakhalen
  • Dirk Sauerland
Publishing year: 2017
Language: English
Pages: 613-622
Publication/Series: Health Policy
Volume: 121
Issue: 6
Document type: Journal article
Publisher: Elsevier

Abstract english

Background: In order to contain public health care spending, European countries attempt to promote informal caregiving. However, such a cost reducing strategy will only be successful if informal caregiving is a substitute for formal health care services. We therefore analyze the effect of informal caregiving for people with dementia on the use of several formal health care services. Study design: The empirical analysis is based on primary data generated by the EU-project ´RightTimePlaceCare` which is conducted in 8 European countries. 1223 people with dementia receiving informal care at home were included in the study.


  • Health Care Service and Management, Health Policy and Services and Health Economy


  • Older people's health and Person-Centred care
  • ISSN: 0168-8510
Ingalill Rahm Hallberg
E-mail: ingalill [dot] rahm_hallberg [at] med [dot] lu [dot] se

Professor emerita

Health-promoting Complex Interventions