Estimating the cost of health care–associated infections : mind your p’s and q’s

Graves, Nicholas, Harbarth, Stephan, Beyersmann, Jan, Barnett, Adrian, Halton, Kate, & Cooper, Ben (2010) Estimating the cost of health care–associated infections : mind your p’s and q’s. Clinical Infectious Diseases, 50(7), pp. 1017-1021.

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Monetary valuations of the economic cost of health care–associated infections (HAIs) are important for decision making and should be estimated accurately. Erroneously high estimates of costs, designed to jolt decision makers into action, may do more harm than good in the struggle to attract funding for infection control. Expectations among policy makers might be raised, and then they are disappointed when the reduction in the number of HAIs does not yield the anticipated cost saving. For this article, we critically review the field and discuss 3 questions. Why measure the cost of an HAI? What outcome should be used to measure the cost of an HAI? What is the best method for making this measurement? The aim is to encourage researchers to collect and then disseminate information that accurately guides decisions about the economic value of expanding or changing current infection control activities.

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ID Code: 39412
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Articles free to read on journal website after 12 months back to Jan 1996
Keywords: Infection, Economics, Epidemiology
DOI: 10.1086/651110
ISSN: 1058-4838
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700)
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: 05 Jan 2011 05:06
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2015 06:11

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