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European cost of illness of dementia published

Thursday 28 October 2010

 

The findings from the socio-economic impact of dementia workgroup of Alzheimer Europe’s European Collaboration on Dementia (EuroCoDe) project have been published in the peer-reviewed journal, the International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.

 

The aim of the study was to describe the economic impact of dementia in Europe in 2008. The researchers found:

  • The total cost of illness of dementia in the EU 27 in 2008 was estimated to be EUR 160 billion (EUR 22,000 per person with dementia per year)
  • The corresponding cost of illness of dementia for the whole of the Europe to be EUR 177 billion.
  • In northern Europe, the direct costs were estimated to be considerable, while the cost of informal care was found to be the major cost component in southern Europe.

The researchers concluded: ““the cost of illness in this study to be higher than in previous studies. There are also large differences in different European regions. Notwithstanding the methodological challenges, the societal costs of dementia in Europe are very high which in turn have substantial resource impacts on the social and health. “

 

EuroCoDe was carried out under the framework of the EU’s 2005 workplan of the Community public health programme.

 

For further information please see the article “The economic impact of dementia in Europe in 2008—cost estimates from the Eurocode project” which was published ahead of print in the International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry at:

 

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/gps.2610/abstract

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