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Title Cost-effectiveness of neonatal ECG as a screening for Long QT-syndrome: a decision analysis approach
Author(s) S. Quaglini, C. Rognoni, S.G. Priori, P.J. Schwartz,
Source Proceedings of the 11th World Congress on Medical Informatics (MEDINFO 2004), Pages 1821-1821
Publisher IOS Press, Amsterdam
Publication Date 2004
Abstract Using the decision tree formalism, we built a probabilistic model for predicting costs and benefits of a neonatal screening for Long QT-syndrome (LQTS) on the Italian population. The syndrome is a major cause of sudden death in the young and contributes significantly to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. The economic evaluation has been performed from the National Healthcare System point of view. According to the model, the proposed screening strategy would save about 14 lives per year, and it seems to be cost-effective, leading to a cost per life year saved around to 32000.


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