The economic cost of bereavement in Scotland.
Stephen, Audrey I.
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STEPHEN, A.I., MACDUFF, C., PETRIE, D.J., TSENG, F.-M., SCHUT, H., SKAR, S., CORDEN, A., BIRRELL, J., WANG, S., NEWSOM, C. and WILSON, S. 2015. The economic cost of bereavement in Scotland. Death studies [online], 39(3), pages 151-157. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1080/07481187.2014.920435
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.