Humans, ‘things’ and space : costing hospital infection control interventions

Page, Katie, Graves, Nicholas, Halton, Kate A., & Barnett, Adrian G. (2013) Humans, ‘things’ and space : costing hospital infection control interventions. Journal of Hospital Infection, 84(3), pp. 200-205.

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Abstract

Background: Previous attempts at costing infection control programmes have tended to focus on accounting costs rather than economic costs. For studies using economic costs, estimates tend to be quite crude and probably underestimate the true cost. One of the largest costs of any intervention is staff time, but this cost is difficult to quantify and has been largely ignored in previous attempts.

Aim: To design and evaluate the costs of hospital-based infection control interventions or programmes. This article also discusses several issues to consider when costing interventions, and suggests strategies for overcoming these issues.

Methods: Previous literature and techniques in both health economics and psychology are reviewed and synthesized.

Findings: This article provides a set of generic, transferable costing guidelines. Key principles such as definition of study scope and focus on large costs, as well as pitfalls (e.g. overconfidence and uncertainty), are discussed.

Conclusion: These new guidelines can be used by hospital staff and other researchers to cost their infection control programmes and interventions more accurately.

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ID Code: 61356
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Costs, Judgement, Uncertainty, Overconfidence, Infection, Infection control, Time estimation
DOI: 10.1016/j.jhin.2013.03.006
ISSN: 0195-6701
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
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 The Healthcare Infection Society. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Copyright Statement: This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in the Journal of Hospital Infection. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in the Journal of Hospital Volume 84, Issue 3, July 2013, Pages 200–205.
DOI: 10.1016/j.jhin.2013.03.006
Deposited On: 15 Jul 2013 01:29
Last Modified: 17 Jul 2013 10:07

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