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The Economic Cost of Bereavement in Scotland

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Aspects of the socioeconomic costs of bereavement in Scotland were estimated using 3 sets of data. Spousal bereavement was associated with increased mortality and longer hospital stays, with additional annual cost of around £20 million. Cost of bereavement coded consultations in primary care was estimated at around £2.0 million annually. In addition, bereaved people were significantly less likely to be employed in the year of and 2 years after bereavement than non-bereaved matched controls, but there were no significant differences in income between bereaved people and matched controls before and after bereavement.
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Affiliations: 1: Institute for Health and Wellbeing Research, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Scotland 2: Centre for Health Policy, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia 3: Institute for International Health and Development, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, Scotland 4: Department of Clinical and Health Psychology, Utrecht University, Utrecht, The Netherlands 5: Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professions Research Unit, University of Stirling, Scotland 6: Social Policy Research Unit, University of York, York, England 7: Scottish Grief and Bereavement Hub, NHS Tayside, Dundee, Scotland 8: Centre for Health Policy, Imperial College Business School, London, England 9: Cruse Bereavement Care Scotland, Perth, Scotland

Publication date: March 16, 2015

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