Economics and Preventing Hospital-Acquired Infection - Broadening the Perspective

Graves, Nicholas, Halton, Kate A., & Lairson, David (2007) Economics and Preventing Hospital-Acquired Infection - Broadening the Perspective. Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, 28(2), pp. 178-184.

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We present a hypothetical model of the change in economic costs and health benefits to society that result from nosocomial infection-control programmes. We include values for costs incurred by the hospital sector, community health services and the private costs to patients. We value health benefits with quality adjusted life years. We demonstrate that when infection-control interventions reduce economic costs and increase health benefits they should be adopted without further question. If however, interventions increase economic costs and increase health benefits then the trade-off between cost and benefit should be examined. Decision makers should assess the cost per unit of health benefit from infection-control programmes, consider the impact on health budgets and compare infection-control with alternate uses of scarce health care resources.

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ID Code: 14015
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Hospital, Acquired, Infection, Economic, Evaluation, Cost, Utility, Analysis
DOI: 10.1086/510787
ISSN: 0899-823X
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) > CLINICAL SCIENCES (110300) > Infectious Diseases (110309)
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 2007 University of Chicago Press
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 09 Jul 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:38

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