The economic cost of bereavement in Scotland

Audrey, I. Stephen, Colin Macduff, Dennis, J. Petrie, Fu-Min Tseng, Henk Schut, Silje Skar, Anne Corden, John Birrell, Shaolin Wang, Cate Newsom, Stewart Wilson

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Aspects of the socio-economic costs of bereavement in Scotland were estimated using three 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 two 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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)151-157
Number of pages7
JournalDeath Studies
Issue number3
Early online date25 Sept 2014
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • bereavement
  • economic cost
  • socio-economic cost
  • Scotland

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