ESSENCE CASE STUDY
Support for unpaid carers: economic evidence
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For those who provide unpaid care, particularly at higher intensities, there is substantial evidence of negative effects on employment, health and wellbeing, with associated individual and societal costs.
There are significant gaps in the evidence with regards to interventions to support carers, outcomes and types of caring situation studied, with a lack of evidence on cost-effectiveness and few evaluations of key recent policy initiatives.
Evidence is strongest and most consistent for formal care services for people with care needs; flexible working conditions; psychological therapy, training and education interventions; and support groups. It may be that a combination of interventions is most effective.
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