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  1. Fulltext. A cost-benefit analysis of a cardiovascular disease prevention trial, using folate supplementation as an example.

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    This study illustrates a cost-benefit analysis of clinical trial design, using as an example a trial of folate supplementation to prevent cardiovascular disease.


    Bayesian statistical and decision-analytic techniques were used to estimate the cost-benefit and sample size of a placebo-controlled trial of folate targeted to US citizens, aged 35 to 84 years, with elevated serum homocysteine levels.

    The main end point is event-free survival (i.e., survival without new ischemic heart disease or stroke) at 5 years.


    Because the screening cost and annual cost and inconvenience of taking folate is small compared with the consequences of stroke, ischemic heart disease, or death, the increase in 5-year event-free survival with folate that should compel the use of folate is just 1.1%. The sample size per group needed to establish this level of folate's medical effectiveness is estimated to be 17 310.

    Such a trial would provide an expected societal cost-benefit savings exceeding $11 billion within 15 years.


    This study illustrates how Bayesian methods may help in assessing the societal cost-benefit consequences of proposed disease prevention trials, deciding which trials are worth sponsoring, and designing cost-effective trials.

    Mots-clés Pascal : Appareil circulatoire pathologie, Prévention, Supplémentation, Folate, Traitement, Chimiothérapie, Epidémiologie, Analyse avantage coût, Evaluation, Homme, Essai clinique, Etats Unis, Amérique du Nord, Amérique

    Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Cardiovascular disease, Prevention, Supplementation, Folate, Treatment, Chemotherapy, Epidemiology, Cost benefit analysis, Evaluation, Human, Clinical trial, United States, North America, America

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

    Cote : 98-0252751

    Code Inist : 002B02F09. Création : 11/09/1998.