The value of dementia care towards the end of life- a contingent valuation study

Nawaraj Bhattarai, Helen Mason, Ashleigh Kernohan, Marie Poole, Claire Bamford, Louise Robinson, Luke Vale

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Abstract

Objectives

A dementia nurse specialist (DNS) is expected to improve the quality of care and support to people with dementia nearing, and at, the end of life (EoL) by facilitating some key features of care. The aim of this study was to estimate willingness‐to‐pay (WTP) values from the general public perspective, for the different levels of support that the DNS can provide.

Methods

Contingent valuation methods were used to elicit the maximum WTP for scenarios describing different types of support provided by the DNS for EoL care in dementia. In a general population online survey, 1002 participants aged 18 years or more sampled from the United Kingdom provided valuations. Five scenarios were valued with mean WTP value calculated for each scenario along with the relationship between mean WTP and participant characteristics.

Results

The mean WTP varied across scenarios with higher values for the scenarios offering more features. Participants with some experience of dementia were willing to pay more compared with those with no experience. WTP values were higher for high‐income groups compared with the lowest income level (P < .05). There was no evidence to suggest that respondent characteristics such as age, gender, family size, health utility or education status influenced the WTP values.

Conclusion

The general population values the anticipated improvement in dementia care provided by a DNS. This study will help inform judgements on interventions to improve the quality of EoL care.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)489-497
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
Volume35
Issue number5
Early online date7 Jan 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2020

Keywords

  • contingent valuation
  • willingness to pay
  • dementia
  • end of life care
  • palliative care

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