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Emerg Infect Dis. 2004 Apr;10(4):561-6.

Economics and preventing hospital-acquired infection.

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  • 1Centre for Health Research-Public Health (CHR-PH), Queensland University of Technology, Kelvin Grove, Brisbane, Australia.


The economics of preventing hospital-acquired infections is most often described in general terms. The underlying concepts and mechanisms are rarely made explicit but should be understood for research and policy-making. We define the key economic concepts and specify an illustrative model that uses hypothetical data to identify how two related questions might be addressed: 1) how much should be invested for infection control, and 2) what are the most appropriate infection-control programs? We aim to make explicit the economics of preventing hospital-acquired infections.

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