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The Costs of What? Measuring Services and Quality of Care

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  07 June 2007

Ann Netten
Personal Social Services Research Unit, University of Kent E-mail:
Julien Forder
Personal Social Services Research Unit, London School of Economics and Political Science E-mail:


If we are to be able to reflect the cost implications of changes in the nature, quality and productivity of long-term care interventions in future projections, we need an approach to measurement that reflects the value and quality of care. This paper describes a theoretically based but pragmatic approach to identifying the welfare gain from government expenditure on social care and illustrates an application in projecting the costs of long-term care used in the Wanless review of future needs of social care for older people in England.

Themed Section on the Costs of Long-Term Care for Older People
© Cambridge University Press 2007

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