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.
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.