The economic approach to diabetes among older adults: A Focus on European Countries

Rodriguez Sanchez, B., 2018, [Groningen]: University of Groningen, SOM research school. 186 p.

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  • Beatriz Rodriguez Sanchez
Given the projected increase in the costs associated with the management of people with diabetes due to the ageing of the population and the higher costs per capita among older adults, this thesis aims to contribute to the existing literature by bringing a new and broader insight on the diabetes burden among older populations. I examine the traditional healthcare resource use and costs associated with diabetes in older people (costs of care for people with diabetes), and other costs less frequently evaluated, such as nursing home expenditures, and the impact of diabetes on quality of life and productive activities. Additionally, I build on the existing literature by including in the analysis not only the clinical complications that might be suffered at the same time and due to diabetes, but also functional impairment.
Functional status not only helps to explain the associations between diabetes and the different outcomes studied in the thesis (productive activities, nursing home cost and quality of life), but it is the main one. Moreover, the findings from this thesis shows that this relationship is age-dependent, being more prominent among the oldest old individuals. Through prevention of chronic diseases, as it is diabetes, and prevention of disability would avoid quality of life losses due to these conditions, leading to a healthy and active ageing process. More specific data covering the particularities of ageing individuals would help to increase the existing economic evidence on this certain and relevant population.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
Award date9-Jul-2018
Place of Publication[Groningen]
Print ISBNs978-94-034-0743-2
Electronic ISBNs978-94-034-0742-5
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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