Journal article

The cost of community-managed viral respiratory illnesses in a cohort of healthy preschool-aged children

Stephen B Lambert, Kelly M Allen, Robert C Carter, Terence M Nolan

RESPIRATORY RESEARCH | BIOMED CENTRAL LTD | Published : 2008

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Acute respiratory illnesses (ARIs) during childhood are often caused by respiratory viruses, result in significant morbidity, and have associated costs for families and society. Despite their ubiquity, there is a lack of interdisciplinary epidemiologic and economic research that has collected primary impact data, particularly associated with indirect costs, from families during ARIs in children. METHODS: We conducted a 12-month cohort study in 234 preschool children with impact diary recording and PCR testing of nose-throat swabs for viruses during an ARI. We used applied values to estimate a virus-specific mean cost of ARIs. RESULTS: Impact diaries were available for 72% (523/72..

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