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Predicting the cost of Parkinson's disease

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Liesl Allcock, Professor David Burn


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The degenerative nature of Parkinson's disease (PD) suggests that it will lead to high levels of resource use. This study measures service use and costs for a representative community sample of PD patients and identifies cost predictors. Patients were identified from general practices and were interviewed twice, separated by a 12-month interval. Demographic and clinical data on patients were collected and 6-month costs were calculated. Regression analysis was used to identify significant baseline predictors of follow-up costs. The annual service costs (baseline and follow-up combined) were £13,804 per person. Formal service costs accounted for 20% of this figure with informal care from families/friends accounting for 80%. The regression model explained 42% of total follow-up costs and significant predictors included gender (with men having higher costs), disability, and depression. © 2007 Movement Disorder Society.

Publication metadata

Author(s): McCrone P, Allcock LM, Burn DJ

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Movement Disorders

Year: 2007

Volume: 22

Issue: 6

Pages: 804-812

ISSN (print): 0885-3185

ISSN (electronic): 1531-8257

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell


DOI: 10.1002/mds.21360

PubMed id: 17290462


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