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Economic evaluation and catheter-related bloodstream infections

Halton, Kate A. & Graves, Nicholas (2007) Economic evaluation and catheter-related bloodstream infections. Emerging Infectious Diseases, 13(6), pp. 815-823.

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Abstract

Catheter-related bloodstream infections are a serious problem. Many interventions reduce risk, and some have been evaluated in cost-effectiveness studies. We review the usefulness and quality of these economic studies. Evidence is incomplete, and data required to inform a coherent policy are missing. The cost-effectiveness studies are characterized by a lack of transparency, short time-horizons, and narrow economic perspectives. Data quality is low for some important model parameters. Authors of future economic evaluations should aim to model the complete policy and not just single interventions. They should be rigorous in developing the structure of the economic model, include all relevant economic outcomes, use a systematic approach for selecting data sources for model parameters, and propagate the effect of uncertainty in model parameters on conclusions. This will inform future data collection and improve our understanding of the economics of preventing these infections.

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ID Code: 26058
Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: The contents of this journal can be freely accessed online via the journal’s web page (see Official URL).
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Keywords: Catheterization, Decision Making, Intensive Care, Cost-Benefit Analysis, Economic Evaluation
ISSN: 1080-6059
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ECONOMICS (140000) > APPLIED ECONOMICS (140200) > Health Economics (140208)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Deposited On: 01 Jul 2009 10:29
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:38

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