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Economic analysis of a community-based falls prevention program

Beard, John , Rowell, David , Scott, Don, van Beurden, Eric , Barnett, Lisa , Hughes, Karen, & Newman, Beth M. (2006) Economic analysis of a community-based falls prevention program. Public Health, 120(8), pp. 742-751.

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Abstract

OBJECTIVES: To undertake a cost-benefit analysis of 'Stay on Your Feet', a community-based falls prevention program targeting older people at all levels of risk in New South Wales, Australia. Hospital separations were monitored in the intervention region, a control region and for the state of New South Wales as a whole. Changing admission patterns over the intervention period were used to assess the impact of the program. METHODS: Cost-benefit analysis compared the costs of the program with two estimates of savings from avoided hospital admissions. The first compared the cost of hospital admissions in the intervention region to a control region of similar demographics, while the second compared hospital utilization in the intervention region with the state of New South Wales as a whole using falls-related hospital diagnosis related group (DRG) codes. RESULTS: The total direct costs of the program were estimated at A dollars 781,829. Both methods identified clear overall net benefits ranging from A dollars 5.4 million for avoided hospitalizations alone to A dollars 16.9 million for all avoided direct and indirect costs. The confidence intervals around these estimates were small. The average overall benefit to cost ratio for the intervention as a whole was 20.6:1. CONCLUSIONS: These findings suggest that well-designed community-based interventions targeting falls prevention among older people are highly cost effective and a wise investment for all levels of government. The models used are conservative and are likely to underestimate the real benefit of the intervention, which may have lasted for some time beyond the life of the program.

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ID Code: 10639
Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: For more information, please refer to the journal’s website (see hypertext link) or contact the author.
Keywords: Accidental Falls, prevention & control Aged Community Health Services, economics Cost, Benefit Analysis Health Promotion economics methods Hospitalization economics Humans
DOI: 10.1016/j.puhe.2006.04.011
ISSN: 033-3506
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ECONOMICS (140000) > APPLIED ECONOMICS (140200) > Health Economics (140208)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified (111799)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Health Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 Elsevier
Deposited On: 12 Nov 2007
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:25

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