Journal article

Expensive care - a rationale for economic evaluations in intensive care

Alisa M Higgins, Ville Pettila, Rinaldo Bellomo, Anthony H Harris, Alistair D Nichol, Siouxzy S Morrison

Critical Care and Resuscitation | AUSTRALASIAN MED PUBL CO LTD | Published : 2010

Abstract

The demand for intensive care services is growing, and the cost of these services is increasing, with newer technologies consuming larger portions of the health care budget. We contend that both the costs and benefits of interventions must be considered to truly understand their value in critical care. Economic evaluations provide an explicit framework to compare the costs and benefits of an intervention. If these factors are not considered together, decisions may be made that do not result in the most efficient use of constrained resources. Despite limitations arising from variations in economic evaluation methodology, logistical complexity and problems of generalisability, the Australian t..

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