INTRODUCTION: The objective of this study was to determine the short-term cost impact thatmedical tourism for bariatric surgery has on a public healthcare system. Due to long wait times for bariatric surgery services, Canadians are venturing to private clinics in other provinces/countries. Postoperative care in this population not only burdens the provincial health system…
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Objectives: To estimate the annual health services utilization (HSU) cost per person with FASD by sex and age; the lifetime HSU cost per person with FASD by sex, and the annual HSU cost of FASD for Alberta by sex.
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Infliximab is effective for induction and maintenance of response in patients with moderate to moderately severe ulcerative colitis. Previous cost analyses of infliximab treatment for ulcerative colitis used models of colectomy vs infliximab and response rates derived from early clinical trials. In real life, therapeutic options are more complex; patients…
Alberta STE Report written under contract with the Alberta Health Technologies Decision Process (AHTDP). This report is an evidence assessment of the clinical effectiveness and safety of hysteroscopic tubal sterilization, and the value for money associated with adopting hysteroscopic tubal sterilization in Alberta. Section Authors: Section One – Background and Context: Carmen…
Alberta STE Report written under contract with the Alberta Health Technologies Decision Process (AHTDP). This report is an evidence assessment of the best available research evidence on the safety and effectiveness, cost effectiveness and budget impact of using Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA) or Endovenous Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) in the management of symptomatic varicose…
OBJECTIVE: To provide Canadian estimates of health care utilization costs associated withrheumatoid arthritis (RA)-related and non-RA-related care within 4 treatment strategies and in different physical functioning categories.
Alberta STE Report written under contract with the Alberta Health Technologies Decision Process (AHTDP). This report examines the safety, screening accuracy, therapeutic efficacy, patient outcomes and cost effectiveness of first trimester Quad (1T-Quad) +/- NT and NIPT screening for fetal trisomies. Section Authors: Section One – Technology Effectiveness and Safety: Ken Bond,…
OBJECTIVE: Sustained remission in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) results in healthcare utilizationcost savings. We evaluated the variation in estimates of savings when different definitions ofremission [2011 American College of Rheumatology/European League Against Rheumatism Boolean Definition, Simplified Disease Activity Index (SDAI) ≤ 3.3, Clinical Disease Activity Index…
Summary of Systematic Reviews, Primary Studies, and Evidence-based Guidelines. The following research questions were addressed in this review: What are the clinical effects of a universal screening strategy for ARO carriage when compared with no screening? What are the clinical effects of a universal screening strategy for ARO carriage when compared with targeted screening (screening…
This discussion paper has been produced in response to a request from CIHR Institute of Health Services and Policy Research (CIHR IHSPR). The discussion paper will provide guidance to those tasked with conducting an economic evaluation of complex health system interventions. The guidance will be an elaboration of existing National guidelines for economic evaluation, and serve as…
Antibiotic-Resistant Organisms (AROs) are a serious health problem, though they are more prevalent in some settings than others. We were asked to make findings and develop recommendations on how to address surveillance of and screening for AROs in acute care hospitals. This consensus statement addresses these requests. However, confining the discussion and recommendations to hospitals…
BACKGROUND: Interest in the impact of burnout on physicians has been growing because of the possible burden this may have on health care systems. The objective of this study is toestimate the cost of burnout on early retirement and reduction in clinical hours of practicingphysicians in Canada.
The objective of this paper is to estimate the additional costs to the criminal justice system associated with people with mental illness who go through the system. The focus of the report is on costs in Alberta.
Alberta STE Report written under contract with the Alberta Health Technologies Decision Process (AHTDP). This report examines the potential role of low dose computed tomography (LDCT) in screening for lung cancer in adults aged 50 years or older in Alberta. Section Authors: Section One – Social and System Demographics Analysis: Bing Guo, Dagmara Chojecki Section Two –…
Should vitamin B12 tablets be included in more Canadian drug formularies? An economic model of the cost-saving potential from increased utilisation of oral versus intramuscular vitamin B12 maintenance therapy for Alberta seniors. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to estimate the cost-savings attainable if all patients aged ≥65 years in Alberta, Canada, currently on…
IHE In Your Pocket 2014 – a handbook of health economic statistics includes the most currently available data, presented in separate sections on the economic burden of illness, health care resources, health behaviours, health status and demographics, and health system performance. IHE In Your Pocket was designed to provide a compact, comprehensive, and comparative overview…