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Economic evaluation of the cochlear implant

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posted on 1999-01-01, 00:00 authored by Rob CarterRob Carter, D Hailey
Objectives: To examine the economic efficiency of current cochlear implant technology under Australian conditions in profoundly deaf adults, partially deafened adults, and childrenMethods:> Cost—utility study, with weights based on judgments from persons experienced with the technology, and cost data from Australian sources.Results: Quality—of— improvements due to functional consequences of hearing improvement were greater than those due to amelioration of hearing disability. Costs in Australian dollars per QALY (15—year assessment) ranged from $5,070—$11,100 for children, $11,790—$38,150 for profoundly deaf adults, and $14,410—$41,000 for partially deaf adults.Conclusions: Results suggest cochlear implantation is acceptable value for money when compared with other health programs to which resources are committed in Australia.

History

Journal

International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care

Volume

15

Pagination

520-530

Location

England

ISSN

0266-4623

eISSN

1471-6348

Language

en

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Issue

3

Publisher

Cambridge University Press (CUP)