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  1. Do we know the costs of what we prescribe ? A study on awareness of the cost of drugs and devices among ICU staff.

    Article - En anglais


    To evaluate the level of cost awareness of drugs and devices among intensive care unit (ICU) doctors with variable levels of experience (senior intensivists, junior intensivists, residents).




    ICU of the University of Rome « La Sapienza ».


    60 ICU doctors (40 specialists in anaesthesia and intensive care, 20 residents).

    Measurements and results 

    The estimated prices of drugs and devices were compared with the correct prices ; responses within a range ± 20% of the true price were arbitrarily considered correct ; all the subgroups of doctors made inaccurate estimates of the prices, showing an absence of any impact of professional experience of cost awareness.


    The doctors in the study showed a high level of inacurrate cost awareness of drugs and devices.

    Mots-clés Pascal : Unité soin intensif, Médecin, Estimation coût, Connaissance, Analyse coût, Equipement médical, Médicament, Chimiothérapie, Expérience professionnelle, Italie, Europe, Economie santé, Homme

    Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Intensive care unit, Physician, Cost estimation, Knowledge, Cost analysis, Medical equipment, Drug, Chemotherapy, Professional experience, Italy, Europe, Health economy, Human

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

    Cote : 99-0026391

    Code Inist : 002B30A05. Création : 31/05/1999.