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The economic cost of bereavement in Scotland

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  • 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


Publication details

JournalDeath Studies
DateE-pub ahead of print - 25 Sep 2014
DatePublished (current) - 2015
Issue number3
Number of pages7
Pages (from-to)151-157
Early online date25/09/14
Original languageEnglish


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.

    Research areas

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

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