Cost effectiveness of patient education for the prevention of falls in hospital: economic evaluation from a randomized controlled trial

Terrence Peter Haines, Anne-Marie Hill, Keith Hill, Sandra Brauer, Tammy Hoffmann, Christopher Etherton-Beer, Steven McPhail

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Abstract

Background: Falls are one of the most frequently occurring adverse events that impact upon the recovery of older hospital inpatients. Falls can threaten both immediate and longer-term health and independence. There is need to identify cost-effective means for preventing falls in hospitals. Hospital-based falls prevention interventions tested in randomized trials have not yet been subjected to economic evaluation. Methods: Incremental cost-effectiveness analysis was undertaken from the health service provider perspective, over the period of hospitalization (time horizon) using the Australian Dollar (A ) at 2008 values. Analyses were based on data from a randomized trial among n = 1,206 acute and rehabilitation inpatients. Decision tree modeling with three-way sensitivity analyses were conducted using burden of disease estimates developed from trial data and previous research. The intervention was a multimedia patient education program provided with trained health professional follow-up shown to reduce falls among cognitively intact hospital patients.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1 - 12
Number of pages12
JournalBMC Medicine
Volume11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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