Care policy for patients with dementia: Family's decision and its impact

Michihiko Koeda, Takeo Shibata, Kunihiko Asai, Yoshiro Okubo, Hiroshi Tanaka

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Abstract

We developed a method using the Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) to evaluate the psychological factors of family caregivers of patients with dementia. Further, the family caregivers were questioned on their policy pertaining to the living place of the patients: at their home, nursing home, or hospital. We made inquiries of sixty-two families, resulting in twenty-eight desiring care at home, twenty desiring a nursing home, and fourteen desiring care at a hospital. The more the quality of life was valued, the more the family preferred care at home (r = 0.42). In contrast, the higher the concern regarding the burden of care was, the more the family preferred hospitalization (r = 0.49). This approach was useful in formulating decisions regarding a care policy for older people. Assessment of the psychological factors of family caregivers may provide clues for solving problems in decisions regarding care policy.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBioMedical Engineering and Informatics
Subtitle of host publicationNew Development and the Future - Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on BioMedical Engineering and Informatics, BMEI 2008
Pages843-847
Number of pages5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Sep 18
EventBioMedical Engineering and Informatics: New Development and the Future - 1st International Conference on BioMedical Engineering and Informatics, BMEI 2008 - Sanya, Hainan, China
Duration: 2008 May 272008 May 30

Publication series

NameBioMedical Engineering and Informatics: New Development and the Future - Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on BioMedical Engineering and Informatics, BMEI 2008
Volume2

Other

OtherBioMedical Engineering and Informatics: New Development and the Future - 1st International Conference on BioMedical Engineering and Informatics, BMEI 2008
CountryChina
CitySanya, Hainan
Period08/5/2708/5/30

Keywords

  • AHP
  • And caregiver
  • Care policy
  • Dementia
  • Family

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems
  • Signal Processing
  • Biomedical Engineering

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