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Socioeconomic differences in service use, payment and receipt of illness-related benefits in the last year of life: findings from the British Household Panel Survey

Hanratty, B.; Jacoby, A. and Whitehead, M. (2008) Socioeconomic differences in service use, payment and receipt of illness-related benefits in the last year of life: findings from the British Household Panel Survey. Palliative Medicine, 22 (3). pp. 248-255. ISSN 1477-030X (Online); 0269-2163 (Print)

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Abstract

Background Terminal illness presents a financial challenge to many households, but in Britain the situation should be eased by state benefits, such as attendance allowance, which is available to everyone in the last six months of life without means testing. Aim: To investigate the use of health and social services, payments and benefit receipt by individuals in differing financial circumstances in the year before death. Methods: Analysis of individual level panel data for 1652 community dwelling decedents from 12 waves of the British Household Panel Study (1991-2003). Results: In the year before death over 90% of decedents saw their GP, and around one third spent some time in hospital. More than 80% paid no fees for any services. Over a third of decedents aged over 65 reported financial strain, but only 13.9% of these were receiving attendance allowance. People who felt that they were having financial difficulties were more likely to be frequent attenders in primary care, taking age, health status and other factors into account (adjusted OR 1.9, 95% CIs 1.3 to 2.6 p<0.001). Older age was associated with less use of primary, but not secondary care. Conclusions: Financial strain was common, but benefit uptake low. Primary health care professionals saw nearly all decedents in their last year, and could play an important role in ensuring that the elderly and the less well-off are aware of the services and benefits available to them.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:Issue date: April 2008. Publisher's citation: B Hanratty, A Jacoby, and M Whitehead Socioeconomic differences in service use, payment and receipt of illness-related benefits in the last year of life: findings from the British Household Panel Survey Palliat Med April 2008 22: 248-255, doi:10.1177/0269216307087140. Revised citation for reference 13 added by Research Archive team.
Uncontrolled Keywords:health services accessibility; health services for the aged; social welfare; socioeconomic factors; terminal care
Subjects:R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Departments, Research Centres and Related Units:Academic Faculties, Institutes and Research Centres > Faculty of Medicine > School of Population, Community & Behavioural Sciences
DOI:10.1177/0269216307087140
Refereed:Yes
Status:Published
ID Code:1093
Deposited On:15 Feb 2011 16:53
Last Modified:13 Jun 2012 15:26

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