Research Program for the Evaluation of Better at Home

Project number: 
Approval date: 
Friday, September 22, 2017
Principal Investigator: 
University of British Columbia (UBC)
Funding Agency: 
Michael Smith Foundation (MSFHR)
Datasets requested: 
Consolidation registry (Ministry of Health)
Medical Services Plan (BC Ministry of Health)
Consolidation file (BC Ministry of Health)
Consolidation - demographic (Ministry of Health)
ACG Case Mix Group (Johns Hopkins University)
Researcher collected
consolidation - census geocodes
Hospital Separations (BC Ministry of Health)
Deaths (BC Vital Statistics Agency)
Research objective: 

Research objective 1: Identifying healthcare service use for Better at Home recipients (i) before and after entry to that program and (ii) compared with a group of seniors who are similar except for access to Better at Home services.
Hypothesis: Better at Home recipients healthcare service use decreases (and, ultimately, cost savings or cost
avoidances) can be attributed to the program.

Research objective 2: Identifying quality of life impacts for the recipients of Better at Home services (surveys and face-to-face interviews) and their informal caregivers (face-to-face interviews only).
Hypothesis: Better at Home recipients and their informal caregivers will have improved quality of life and well-being
as a result of the program.

Research objective 3: Identifying whether the Better at Home program is cost-effective by evaluating costs and outcomes together.
Hypothesis: The Better at Home program will be determined to be a cost-effective program.

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