Unit Costs of Health and Social Care

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Curtis, L. (2013) Unit Costs of Health and Social Care 2013, Personal Social Services Research Unit, University of Kent, Canterbury.


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On page 61, we say that “For the general population, contact with face-to-face advice services is associated with a 5 per cent likelihood of debt becoming manageable”.  It should read “56 per cent likelihood”.

Lesley Curtis

Widening the scope of unit costs to include environmental costs
John Appleby, Chris Naylor and Imogen Tennison

Cognitive behaviour therapy: a comparison of costs
Barbara Barrett and Hristina Petkova

Residential child care: costs and other information requirements
Jonathan Stanley and Andrew Rome

The costs of telecare and telehealth
Catherine Henderson, Jennifer Beecham and Martin Knapp

I Services – download

  1. Services for older people
  2. Services for people with mental health problems
  3. Services for people who misuse drugs or alcohol
  4. Services for people with learning disabilities
  5. Services for adults with physical disabilities
  6. Services for children and their families
  7. Hospital and other services
  8. Care packages

II Community-based health care staff – download

  1. Scientific and professional
  2. Nurses and doctors

III Community-based social care – download

  1. Social care staff
  2. Health and social care teams

IV Hospital-based health care staff – download

  1. Hospital based scientific and professional staff
  2. Hospital based-nurses
  3. Hospital based-doctors

V Sources of information – download

  1. Inflation indices
  2. NHS staff earning estimates
  3. Care home fees
  4. Glossary
  5. References
  6. Index of references
  7. List of useful sources
  8. List of items from previous volumes not included in this volume