Conducting an economic analysis to assess the electrocardiogram's value.

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Journal Article

BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Health economic analyses seek to assess the relative value (cost vs health benefit trade-offs) of medical technologies. However, these methods have been underused in studies of the electrocardiogram (ECG). METHODS: We develop a framework for the economic evaluation of the ECG as a decision support tool within broader treatment strategies. We then apply this framework to the development of an economic study protocol for the Prehospital Wireless Transmission of Electrocardiograms to a Cardiologist via a Hand-held Device Multicenter study. RESULTS: Our framework defines key cost-effectiveness concepts and describes alternative methods for estimating medical costs and health benefits. We demonstrate how this framework has been applied to develop the Prehospital Wireless Transmission of Electrocardiograms to a Cardiologist via a Hand-held Device Multicenter economic protocol. CONCLUSIONS: The conduct of health economic studies alongside ECG clinical studies could provide important information for those seeking to promote newer ECG applications that require significant financial investments.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Eisenstein, EL

Published Date

  • April 2006

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 39 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 241 - 247

PubMed ID

  • 16580427

Pubmed Central ID

  • 16580427

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0022-0736

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.jelectrocard.2005.08.012

Language

  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States