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Formal home care use and spousal health outcomes

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Article number114373
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>31/10/2021
<mark>Journal</mark>Social Science and Medicine
Volume287
Number of pages10
Publication StatusPublished
Early online date4/09/21
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Abstract

This study explores the relationship between formal home care provided by paid professionals and spousal health outcomes. We use data from the Survey of Health, Ageing, and Retirement in Europe, a panel of older adults living in several European countries. We match new formal home care users to non-users to eliminate baseline (t−1) differences between couples who decide to seek formal home care in t and those who do not. After considering several potentially confounding changes between baseline and t, and looking closer at specific subgroups, we conclude that in the short run, use of formal home care is unlikely to affect spousal physical or mental health.

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This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Social Science and Medicine. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Social Science and Medicine, 287, 2021 DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2021.114373