Journal article

Economic evaluation of the Melbourne Mobile Stroke Unit

Joosup Kim, Damien Easton, Henry Zhao, Skye Coote, Garveeta Sookram, Karen Smith, Michael Stephenson, Stephen Bernard, Mark W Parsons, Bernard Yan, Patricia M Desmond, Peter J Mitchell, Bruce C Campbell, Geoffrey A Donnan, Stephen M Davis, Dominique A Cadilhac

International Journal of Stroke | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2020

Abstract

BACKGROUND: The Melbourne Mobile Stroke Unit (MSU) is the first Australian service to provide prehospital acute stroke treatment, including thrombolysis and facilitated triage for endovascular thrombectomy. AIMS: To estimate the cost-effectiveness of the MSU during the first full year of operation compared with standard ambulance and hospital stroke care pathways (standard care). METHODS: The costs and benefits of the Melbourne MSU were estimated using an economic simulation model. Operational costs and service utilization data were obtained from the MSU financial and patient tracking reports. The health benefits were estimated as disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) avoided using local da..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This work was supported by NHMRC Program grant: #1113352. The following authors were supported by NHMRC Research Fellowships: DAC (#1154273) and BC (#1111972).