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Title: An assessesment of telephone assistance systems for caregivers of patients with Alzheimer's disease.
Other Titles: Evaluación de la asistencia telefónica a demanda en cuidadores de pacientes con enfermedad de Alzheimer.
Authors: Garzón-Maldonado, F J
Gutiérrez-Bedmar, M
Serrano-Castro, V
Requena-Toro, M V
Padilla-Romero, L
García-Casares, N
Keywords: Alzheimer's disease;Asistencia telefónica;Caregiver;Cuidador;Cuidados;Dementia Unit;Enfermedad de Alzheimer;Healthcare;Satisfacción;Satisfaction;Telephone assistance;Unidad de Demencia
metadata.dc.subject.mesh: Aged
Alzheimer Disease
Middle Aged
Personal Satisfaction
Prospective Studies
Surveys and Questionnaires
Issue Date: 10-Jun-2016
Abstract: Telephone assistance is a common practice in neurology, although there are only a few studies about this type of healthcare. We have evaluated a Telephone Assistance System (TAS) for caregivers of patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD) from 2 points of view: financially and according to the level of satisfaction of the caregiver. 97 patients with a diagnosis of AD according to NINCDS-ADRDA criteria and their 97 informal caregivers were selected. We studied cost differences between on-site assistance and telephone assistance (TAS) for 12 months. We used a self-administered questionnaire to assess the level of satisfaction of caregivers at the end of the study period. TAS savings amounted to 80.05 ± 27.07 euros per user. 73.6% of the caregivers consider TAS a better or much better system than on-site assistance, while only 2.6% of the caregivers considered TAS a worse or much worse system than on-site assistance. Telephone assistance systems are an efficient healthcare resource for monitoring patients with AD in neurology departments. Furthermore, the level of user satisfaction was high. We therefore consider that telephone assistance service should be offered by healthcare services.
metadata.dc.identifier.doi: 10.1016/j.nrl.2016.03.009
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