PharmacoEconomics & Outcomes News 792, p13 - 2 Dec 2017 Increased rotavirus vaccination improves quality of care Increased rotavirus vaccination coverage in paediatric patients and additional hospitals beds appears to improve quality of care (QoC) in Belgium, according to findings of a study published in Applied Health Economics and Health Policy. The Cobb-Douglas model was used to estimate the improvement in QoC as a function of increased rotavirus vaccination coverage rate and additional hospital beds. A budget minimization was used to determine the combination of the two strategies needed to reach 50% improvement in QoC improvement at the lowest cost in the Jessa Hospital, Belgium, which has an annual vaccination population of 7000 children, and 34 paediatric beds available during the 90-day winter epidemic period. The cost of rotavirus vaccination was €118.26 per course, and the cost of a paediatric bed was €436.53 per day. The perspective considered was the healthcare payer. The model predicted that 64% rotavirus vaccination coverage in combination with a 39% increase in hospital beds (13 extra beds) would improve hospital QoC scores by 50% at a minimum total annual budget allocation of €1 051 564. A combination of 95% vaccine coverage and 59% extra hospital beds (20 extra beds) would be required to achieve 75% improvement in hospital QoC score, at an estimated minimum budget allocation of €1 577 346. "A production-like function model and a budget optimization model were applied to evaluate how treatment or prevention could improve QoC-scores in hospital bed management. These models could become an easy application tool to guide decision makers in their investment decisions," said the authors. * 2016 euros Dort T, et al. Improving the Hospital Quality of Care during Winter Periods by Optimizing Budget Allocation Between Rotavirus Vaccination and Bed Expansion. Applied Health Economics and Health Policy : 20 Nov 2017. Available from: URL: http://doi.org/10.1007/s40258-017-0362-6 803285954 1173-5503/17/0792-0001/$14.95 Adis © 2017 Springer International Publishing AG. All rights reserved PharmacoEconomics & Outcomes News 2 Dec 2017 No. 792
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Published: Dec 2, 2017
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