The economic burden of families of children with cerebral palsy in Malaysia

Sazlina Kamaralzaman, Teong Chia Ying, Mohamed Suziyani, Hasnah Toran, Noratiqah Satari, Nazmin Abdullah

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The economic burden of children with cerebral palsy exceeds far beyond the needs of typical children leading to physical and mental stress to their parents. The study aims to examine the economic burden of parents of children with cerebral palsy in Malaysia. Calculation is made using a cost of illness approach due to cerebral palsy disorders that includes direct healthcare costs, direct non-healthcare costs, developmental costs and indirect costs. Using convenient sampling method, a total of 74 parents completed questionnaires through online or hard copies. Direct healthcare costs represent the highest cost of RM14, 715.49, followed by the developmental costs of RM10, 146.07, RM2, 674.00 for direct non-healthcare costs and RM2,175.20 for indirect costs. So the total cost of financing for the needs of a child with cerebral palsy is RM29, 710.76 per year. This is a huge and burdensome amount for their parents. The findings of this study may assist policy makers in their planning of effective service provision to suit the needs of parents of children with cerebral palsy in Malaysia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)156-165
Number of pages10
JournalMalaysian Journal of Public Health Medicine
Volume2018
Issue numberSpecialissue1
Publication statusPublished - 31 Mar 2018

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Malaysia
Cerebral Palsy
Economics
Costs and Cost Analysis
Parents
Health Care Costs
Cost of Illness
Administrative Personnel

Keywords

  • Cerebral palsy
  • Children with cerebral palsy
  • Economic burden
  • Parents

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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The economic burden of families of children with cerebral palsy in Malaysia. / Kamaralzaman, Sazlina; Ying, Teong Chia; Suziyani, Mohamed; Toran, Hasnah; Satari, Noratiqah; Abdullah, Nazmin.

In: Malaysian Journal of Public Health Medicine, Vol. 2018, No. Specialissue1, 31.03.2018, p. 156-165.

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Kamaralzaman, Sazlina ; Ying, Teong Chia ; Suziyani, Mohamed ; Toran, Hasnah ; Satari, Noratiqah ; Abdullah, Nazmin. / The economic burden of families of children with cerebral palsy in Malaysia. In: Malaysian Journal of Public Health Medicine. 2018 ; Vol. 2018, No. Specialissue1. pp. 156-165.
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