Journal article

Economic evaluation of nasogastric versus intravenous hydration in infants with bronchiolitis

Ed Oakley, Rob Carter, Bridie Murphy, Meredith Borland, Jocelyn Neutze, Jason Acworth, David Krieser, Stuart Dalziel, Andrew Davidson, Susan Donath, Kim Jachno, Mike South, Franz E Babl



OBJECTIVE: Bronchiolitis is the most common lower respiratory tract infection in infants and the leading cause of hospitalisation. We aimed to assess whether intravenous hydration (IVH) was more cost-effective than nasogastric hydration (NGH) as a planned secondary economic analysis of a randomised trial involving 759 infants (aged 2-12 months) admitted to hospital with a clinical diagnosis of bronchiolitis and requiring non-oral hydration. No Australian cost data exist to aid clinicians in decision-making around interventions in bronchiolitis. METHODS: Cost data collections included hospital and intervention-specific costs. The economic analysis was reduced to a cost-minimisation study, foc..

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Funding Acknowledgements

We acknowledge grant support from the National Health and Medical Research Council, Canberra, Australia, the Samuel Nissen Charitable Foundation managed by Perpetual, Melbourne Australia, the Murdoch Children's Research Institute, Melbourne, Australia, and the Victorian Government's Operational Infrastructure Support Program. Funding agencies had no role in study design, data analysis or manuscript preparation.