Cost-effectiveness of CI in developing countries.

Journal Article (Review;Journal Article)

PURPOSE OF REVIEW:Cost-effectiveness of cochlear implants is a major concern for expanding these services to low-income and middle-income developing countries. RECENT FINDINGS:Recent studies have applied appropriate methodology to make determination of cost-effectiveness for cochlear implants in developing countries. In addition, important parameters that effect cost-effectiveness have been reviewed in a systematic way. The combination of these new studies along with existing reports of cochlear implant programmes in developing countries allows for a discussion of cost and outcomes determinants that drive cost-effectiveness in these environments. SUMMARY:Cochlear implants are a very cost-effective treatment for profound hearing loss in all high-resource countries and in many low-income and middle-income developing countries. A number of cost considerations affect cost-effectiveness of cochlear implants in developing countries including device cost and device-related expenses such as power consumption and reliability, but also including rehabilitation and access-related expenses. Large-scale programmes confer an advantage for cost-effectiveness, primarily through device-related savings.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Magro, I; Emmett, SD; Saunders, J

Published Date

  • June 2018

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 26 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 190 - 195

PubMed ID

  • 29528875

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1531-6998

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1068-9508

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1097/moo.0000000000000451


  • eng