Repeat screening for syphilis in pregnancy as an alternative screening strategy in the UK: a cost-effectiveness analysis.
Susie Huntington, Georgie Weston, Farah Seedat, John Marshall, Heather Bailey, Marc Tebruegge, Imtyaz Ahmed, Katy Turner, Elisabeth Adams
BMJ Open | Published : 2020
OBJECTIVES: To assess the cost-effectiveness of universal repeat screening for syphilis in late pregnancy, compared with the current strategy of single screening in early pregnancy with repeat screening offered only to high-risk women. DESIGN: A decision tree model was developed to assess the incremental costs and health benefits of the two screening strategies. The base case analysis considered short-term costs during the pregnancy and the initial weeks after delivery. Deterministic and probabilistic sensitivity analyses and scenario analyses were conducted to assess the robustness of the results. SETTING: UK antenatal screening programme. POPULATION: Hypothetical cohort of pregnant women w..View full abstract