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Informal carers

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Informal carers are the backbone of long‐term care systems in all OECD countries, although there are substantial variations across countries on the relative importance of informal care giving by family members compared with the use of more formal long‐term care providers. Because of the informal nature of care provided by family members, it is not easy to get comparable data on the number of informal carers across countries, nor on the amount of time that they devote to care giving. The data presented in this section come from national or international health surveys, and refer to people aged 50 years and over who report providing care and assistance to a family member for activities of daily living (ADL).

Document Type: Review Article

Publication date: November 1, 2011

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