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Economic burden of maternal morbidity - A systematic review of cost-of-illness studies

Patrick S Moran, Francesca Wuytack, Michael Turner, Charles Normand, Stephanie Brown, Cecily Begley, Deirdre Daly



AIM: To estimate the economic burden of common health problems associated with pregnancy and childbirth, such as incontinence, mental health problems, or gestational diabetes, excluding acute complications of labour or birth, or severe acute adverse maternal outcomes. METHODS: Searches for relevant studies were carried out to November 2019 in Medline, Embase, CINAHL, PsycINFO and EconLit databases. After initial screening, all results were reviewed for inclusion by two authors. An adapted version of a previously developed checklist for cost-of-illness studies was used for quality appraisal. All costs were converted to 2018 Euro using national consumer price indices and purchasing power parit..

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Awarded by Health Research Board in Ireland

Funding Acknowledgements

This research was funded by the Health Research Board in Ireland (grant ref: HRB ICE-2015-1019). The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.