Print Email Facebook Twitter Costs of different strategies for neonatal hearing screening: A modelling approach Title Costs of different strategies for neonatal hearing screening: A modelling approach Author Boshuizen, H.C. van der Lem, G.J. de Kauffman-Boer, M.A. van Zanten, G.A. Oudesluys-Murphy, A.M. Verkerk, P.H. Publication year 2001 Abstract Objective - To compare the cost effectiveness of various strategies for neonatal hearing screening by estimating the cost per hearing impaired child detected. Design - Cost analyses with a simulation model, including a multivariate sensitivity analysis. Comparisons of the cost per child detected were made for: screening method (automated auditory brainstem response or otoacoustic emissions); number of stages in the screening process (two or three); target disorder (bilateral hearing loss or both unilateral and bilateral loss); location (at home or at a child health clinic). Setting - The Netherlands Target population - All newborn infants not admitted to neonatal intensive care units. Main outcome measure - Costs per child detected with a hearing loss of 40 dB or more in the better ear. Results - Costs of a three stage screening process in child health clinics are €39.0 (95% confidence interval 20.0 to 57.0) per child detected with automated auditory brainstem response compared with €25.0 (14.4 to 35.6) per child detected with otoacoustic emissions. A three stage screening process not only reduces the referral rates, but is also likely to cost less than a two stage process because of the lower cost of diagnostic facilities. The extra cost (over and above a screening programme detecting bilateral losses) of detecting one child with unilateral hearing loss is €1500-4000. With the currently available information, no preference can be expressed for a screening location. Conclusions - Three stage screening with otoacoustic emissions is recommended. Whether screening at home is more cost effective than screening at a child health clinic needs further study. Subject HealthAutomated auditory brainstem responseCostsHearingOtoacoustic emissionsScreeningComparative studyConfidence intervalCost benefit analysisDisposable equipmentEconomicsEvoked response audiometryHearing impairmentMethodologyNewbornNewborn screeningPrediction and forecastingSpontaneous otoacoustic emissionStatistical modelAudiometry, Evoked ResponseConfidence IntervalsCost-Benefit AnalysisDeafnessDisposable EquipmentFemaleHumansInfant, NewbornMaleModels, EconomicMonte Carlo MethodMultivariate AnalysisNeonatal ScreeningOtoacoustic Emissions, SpontaneousPredictive Value of Tests To reference this document use: http://resolver.tudelft.nl/uuid:dd6f8247-1fa3-4537-af24-309f750a6032 TNO identifier 236320 ISSN 0003-9888 Source Archives of Disease in Childhood: Fetal and Neonatal Edition, 85 (3) Document type article Files To receive the publication files, please send an e-mail request to TNO Library.