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The case for investment in technology to manage the global costs of dementia

Knapp, Martin and Barlow, James and Comas-Herrera, Adelina and Damant, Jacqueline and Freddolino, Paul P. and Hamblin, Kate and Hu, Bo and Lorenz, Klara and Perkins, Margaret and Rehill, Amritpal and Wittenberg, Raphael and Woolham, John (2015) The case for investment in technology to manage the global costs of dementia. Policy Innovation Research Unit, London, UK.

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Abstract

Worldwide growth in the number of people living with dementia will continue over the coming decades and is already putting pressure on health and care systems, both formal and informal, and on costs, both public and private. One response could be to make greater use of digital and other technologies to try to improve outcomes and contain costs. We were commissioned to examine the economic case for accelerated investment in technology that could, over time, deliver savings on the overall cost of care for people with dementia. Our short study included a rapid review of international evidence on effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of technology, consideration of the conditions for its successful adoption, and liaison with people from industry, government, academic, third sector and other sectors, and people with dementia and carers. We used modelling analyses to examine the economic case, using the UK as context. We then discussed the roles that state investment or action could play, perhaps to accelerate use of technology so as to deliver both wellbeing and economic benefits.

Item Type: Monograph (Report)
Official URL: http://www.piru.ac.uk/
Additional Information: © 2015 The Authors
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Sets: Departments > Social Policy
Research centres and groups > LSE Health and Social Care
Research centres and groups > Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU)
Research centres and groups > NIHR School for Social Care Research
Date Deposited: 11 May 2016 11:38
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2018 14:30
Funders: Economic and Social Research Council, National Institute for Health Research
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/66482

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