Individualized Funding – Did You Know?

Individualized funding has positive effects on health and social care outcomes. This is apparent out of research studies from around the world. Learn more. . .

“Individualized Funding is an umbrella term for disability supports funded on an individual basis.” This ‘definition’ is found in the systematic review called, Individualized funding interventions to improve health and social care outcomes for people with a disability: A mixed-methods systemic review.   Published in 2019, 73 studies of individualized funding for people with disabilities over a 24-year period (1992-2016) were reviewed.  The data gathered involved 14,000 people from Europe, Australia, the United States, and Canada. The review is an in-depth synthesis of available evidence over 2 decades.

The review provides up-to-date data about the benefits of individualized funding models. Other notable statements from the plain language summary include:

  • Individualized funding provides personal budgets for people with disabilities, to increase independence and quality of life.
  • The approach has consistently positive effects on overall satisfaction, with some evidence also of improvements in quality of life and sense of security. 
  • Recipients particularly value: flexibility, improved self-image and self-belief; more value for money; community integration; freedom to choose ‘who supports you’; ‘social opportunities’; and needs-led support.”
  • Individualised funding has positive effects on health and social care outcomes.

There is no denying the credibility of this international review and the benefits of individualized funding that were identified for people living with various disabilities. 

“Individualized funding interventions to improve health and social care outcomes for people with a disability: A mixed‐methods systematic review”

Click here for the two-page Plain Language Summary

Click here for the ‘systematic review’ paper

Click here for the systematic review/article published by the Campbell Collaboration

Citation: Fleming, P., McGilloway, S., Hernon, M., Furlong, M., O’Doherty, S., Keogh, F., & Stainton, T. (2019). Individualised funding interventions to improve health and social care outcomes for people with a disability: a mixed-methods systematic review. Campbell Systematic Reviews, 3.
Review link: https://doi.org/10.4073/csr.2019.3


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