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Title: Simulating the impact of long-term care policy on family eldercare hours
Authors: Ansah, J.P.
Matchar, D.B. 
Love, S.R.
Malhotra, R. 
Do, Y.K.
Chan, A.
Eberlein, R.
Keywords: Aging/elderly/geriatrics
health policy/politics/law/regulation
long-term care: home care/nursing homes
medical decision making
modeling: multilevel
Issue Date: Apr-2013
Citation: Ansah, J.P., Matchar, D.B., Love, S.R., Malhotra, R., Do, Y.K., Chan, A., Eberlein, R. (2013-04). Simulating the impact of long-term care policy on family eldercare hours. Health Services Research 48 (2 PART2) : 773-791. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Objective To understand the effect of current and future long-term care (LTC) policies on family eldercare hours for older adults (60 years of age and older) in Singapore. Data Sources The Social Isolation Health and Lifestyles Survey, the Survey on Informal Caregiving, and the Singapore Government's Ministry of Health and Department of Statistics. Study Design An LTC Model was created using system dynamics methodology and parameterized using available reports and data as well as informal consultation with LTC experts. Principal Findings In the absence of policy change, among the elderly living at home with limitations in their activities of daily living (ADLs), the proportion of those with greater ADL limitations will increase. In addition, by 2030, average family eldercare hours per week are projected to increase by 41 percent from 29 to 41 hours. All policy levers considered would moderate or significantly reduce family eldercare hours. Conclusion System dynamics modeling was useful in providing policy makers with an overview of the levers available to them and in demonstrating the interdependence of policies and system components. © Health Research and Educational Trust.
Source Title: Health Services Research
ISSN: 00179124
DOI: 10.1111/1475-6773.12030
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