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This study values informal care for disabled stroke survivors in Thailand. It applies the conventional recommended opportunity cost method to value informal care in monetary terms. Data were collected by means of face-to-face interviews conducted during 2006. The sample consisted of 101 disabled persons who had suffered a stroke at least six months prior to(More)
AIMS The study estimated the cost of informal care for 475 randomly selected diabetic patients as identified by International Classification of Diseases, tenth revision (ICD-10 codes=E10-E14) and who received treatment at Waritchaphum hospital in Sakhon Nakhon province of Thailand during the financial year 2008. METHODS Informal care was valued by using(More)
Diabetes is a common metabolic disorder with increasing burden in Thailand. The chronic nature along with associated complications makes the disease very costly. In Thailand, there exist some studies on cost of diabetes; however, those studies estimated the cost either from provider or from patient perspective. In order to capture the complete picture of(More)
There is evidence to suggest the decline of trusting relationships in modern healthcare systems. The primary aim of this study was to investigate the role of trust in medical transactions in Thailand, using obstetric care as a tracer service. The paper proposes an explanatory framework of trust for further investigation in other healthcare settings. The(More)
PURPOSE This study aims to determine functioning information, rehabilitation needs, and environmental barriers of persons with disabilities (PWDs) using a developed ICF-based questionnaire with community survey approach in Thailand. METHOD A systematic review of the use of ICF and disability surveys from January 2000- June 2010 was undertaken. A(More)
PROBLEM Thailand passed the Persons with Disabilities Empowerment Act in 2007. The Act, which is in compliance with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, ensures that registered persons with disabilities are entitled to home environment modifications' benefits up to a maximum of 20 000 baht (670 United States dollars);(More)
OBJECTIVE The study determined the rate of disability among diabetic patients at a public district hospital in Thailand and compared the costs of illness among different levels of severity of disability. This was the first such study carried out in Thailand. METHODS The study was conducted at Waritchaphum Hospital in northeastern Thailand. Data were(More)
The need of rehabilitation in sub-acute and non-acute patients has been continuously increased. Rehabilitation services in Thailand are considered only as part of acute care so that the providers are not motivated to provide intensive services to patients because the payment based on diagnosis related group focuses on acute phase. This study aimed to(More)
In developing countries family caregivers are an important community-based resource who provide care for physically disabled adults. Substantial caregiving commitment is known to adversely affect caregiver health and thereby their capacity to provide ongoing care. This systematic review focused on support interventions for caregivers using Thailand as an(More)
BACKGROUND The Thai government ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) in 2008, and the first progress report by the State Party was issued in 2012. This study assesses and identifies gaps in the Government's implementation of the Convention. METHODS Using the Deming Plan-Do-Check-Act Cycle as an(More)