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  1. Cost-effectiveness of regional poison control centers.

    Article - En anglais


    Poison exposures are a significant public health concern.

    Despite the impact that regional poison control centers have on reducing morbidity and mortality associated with poison exposures, they are facing a serious financial crisis today resulting in an increased emphasis on their economic justification.


    Using decision-analysis techniques, the cost-effectiveness of the treatment of poison exposures with the services of a regional poison control center compared with treatment without access to any poison control center was evaluated.

    The relative cost-effectiveness was modeled based on 2 outcomes (morbidity and mortality) for each of 4 typical poison exposures.

    Additionally, analyses were conducted to test the sensitivity of the cost-effectiveness ratios to outcome probability, average inpatient and emergency department costs, and proportion of poison exposures treated on site by the regional poison control center.

    A societal perspective was adopted

    Results :

    The regional poison control center was substantially more cost-effective than the treatment of poison exposures without the services of a regional poison control center for both outcomes (morbidity and mortality) in each of the poison exposures considered. (...)

    Mots-clés Pascal : Centre antipoison, Fonctionnement, Economie santé, Coût spécifique, Régional

    Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Antipoison center, Running, Health economy, Specific cost, Regional

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    Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique

    Cote : 97-0055281

    Code Inist : 002B30A04B. Création : 21/05/1997.