Informal Caregivers: The Costs and Savings to the Canadian Healthcare System
Family and friends who care for each other without pay, termed informal caregivers, play a critical role in the Canadian healthcare system. The objectives of the current study are to evaluate: 1) the health and utilization of the healthcare system by multiple sclerosis (MS) patients who live with others compared to those who live alone 2) the health and utilization of the healthcare system by people who live with MS patients and 3) whether formal home care, such as at-home nursing, influences the health of MS patients and those with whom they live.
Dr. Audrey Laporte
Doctor of Philosophy candidate, Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation (University of Toronto)