The half-life of cost-of-illness estimates: the case of spina bifida.
Waitzman-NJ; Romano-PS; Grosse-SD
Neural Tube Defects: From Origin to Treatment. Wyszynski DF, ed., New York: Oxford University Press, 2006 Jan; :342-351
Neural tube defects, which include spina bifida, are one of tile most frequent and most important categories of birth defects. Accordingly, there has been considerable interest in studying the impact of spina bifida as a public health problem. This impact can be measured in various ways, including disease-specific mortality, morbidity, functional limitation or disability, and quality-of-life impairment. Each of these measures captures one component of the total burden of disease. Such measures of impact are important because they allow public health agencies, researchers, and health-care providers to understand the effects of preventive or diagnostic interventions, changes in disease incidence or prevalence, and new technologies. In recent years, cost-of-illness estimates have been widely used. The cost of illness reflects the direct costs of providing medical care, rehabilitative care, developmental services, and special education to affected children, as well as the so-called indirect costs of reduced workforce ancl household productivity. All of these costs contribute to the total. economic burden of spina bifida.
Spinal-cord; Spinal-cord-disorders; Reproductive-effects; Reproductive-system; Treatment; Education; Molecular-biology; Epidemiology; Clinical-symptoms; Children
Norman J. Waitzman, University of Utah, Department of Economics, 1645 East Central Campus Dr., Rm. 308, Salt Lake City, UT 84112-9300
Neural Tube Defects: From Origin to Treatment
University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah