New Publication – Preventive Home Visits

New Publication by Martin Karlsson, together with Norman Bannenberg (University of Duisburg- Essen), Oddvar Førland (Western Norway University of Applied Sciences), Tor Iversen (Institute of Health and Society), and Henning Øien (University of Oslo) in the American Journal of Health Economics.


Abstract:

This paper evaluates the introduction of preventive home visits (PHV) for older people in Norway. Their purpose is to support autonomy and independence as well as preventing disability and nursing home admissions. We contribute to the literature by exploiting a natural experiment in Norwegian municipalities. Our results show that the introduction of a PHV program significantly changes the use of local public resources away from nursing homes, while increasing the utilization of home-based care. Further, PHVs lead to a decline in hospital admissions by 5 percent – whereas treatments for mental health conditions remain unaffected. Mortality is reduced by more than 4 percent in the age group 80 and above.