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Ugeskr Laeger. 2007 Nov 26;169(48):4135-8.

[Costs attributed to hospital-acquired infections].

[Article in Danish]

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  • 1Syddansk Universitet, Institut for Sundhedstjenesteforskning, Enhed for Sundhedsøkonomi, Odense C. kmp@sam.sdu.dk


The literature on costs associated with hospital-acquired infections is critically evaluated and exemplified. There are considerable added costs attributed to hospital infections. Two types of analyses are discussed: cost-of-illness studies, COIs, typically without a societal cost perspective, and cost-effectiveness studies. It is a mistake to think that costs calculated in COIs can be used as estimates of potential savings in cost-effectiveness analyses. As a general rule, this is not the case. The calculation of unit costs and marginal costs are common weaknesses in most studies.

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