SURVEY ON HOME CARE
ORGANIZATIONS IN CHARGE OF THE SURVEY
- Overall cost of home care administered to an individual
- Factors which affect the cost
Date of the sSurvey
September 6, 1999 to January 19, 2000
Scope of the survey
28 voluntary home care organizations
- A sample of patients who had been receiving home care for at least three months were observed for a one-week period (from Monday September 6, 1999 to Sunday September 12, 1999).
- A sample of patients who were admitted to home care programs between Monday, September 20, 1999 and Tuesday, October 19, 1999 were observed during their treatment (the observation period was limited to three months).
The purpose of this method was to enable researchers to identify and quantify all the factors bearing on the overall cost of administering home care to a patient. Information on the care provided to patients and the costs incurred by the various home care organizations was collected via:
- a questionnaire to be filled out by the home care organization with questions about the organization's legal status, location(s), breakdown of fee charged per day, payroll...
- a questionnaire for the patient with questions about the entirety of the care and services included in the daily fee, socio-economic characteristics and morbidity, type of care received, time personnel devotes to the patient, transportation to health care establishments, medicines administered, equipment utilized...
- public health insurance reimbursements (from local branches of the three main funds: Régime Général, CANAM, MSA) for all the care received, in particular the services which are not included in the daily fee for home care. This information is collected over the entire period during which the patient benefited from the home care program.
The data gathered is being analyzed (summer 2001). The analysis will be based on statistical models (analysis of variance, typology...).