This project was a large, multifaceted research program consisting of 15 substudies that examined various aspects of the cost-effectiveness of home care compared with that of institutional care. The 15 substudies were conducted by teams across Canada; six studies examined home care as a substitute for long-term care, and nine examined home care as a substitute for hospital or acute care services. Like the pieces of a puzzle, each of the findings from the individual substudies, when combined with the other findings, will give a more complete picture of the cost-effectiveness of home care in all of its aspects.
This project was supported by the Health Transition Fund, which was created in 1997 to provide support for evidence-based decision-making in health care reform by supporting pilot and evaluation projects which test innovative approaches to health care delivery. The views expressed herein do no necessarily represent the official policy of federal, provincial, or territorial governments.