Cost-effectiveness analysis of immune-modulating nutritional support for gastrointestinal cancer patients.

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serval:BIB_B720000B42F7
Type
Article: article from journal or magazin.
Collection
Publications
Institution
Title
Cost-effectiveness analysis of immune-modulating nutritional support for gastrointestinal cancer patients.
Journal
Clinical Nutrition
Author(s)
Chevrou-Séverac H., Pinget C., Cerantola Y., Demartines N., Wasserfallen J.B., Schäfer M.
ISSN
1532-1983 (Electronic)
ISSN-L
0261-5614
Publication state
Published
Issued date
2014
Volume
33
Number
4
Pages
649-654
Language
english
Notes
Publication types: Journal Article ; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't Publication Status: ppublish PDF : Original Article
Abstract
BACKGROUND & AIM: Immune-modulating nutritional formula containing arginine, omega-3 fatty acids and nucleotides has been demonstrated to decrease complications and length of stay in surgical patients. This study aims at assessing the impact of immune-modulating formula on hospital costs in gastrointestinal cancer surgical patients in Switzerland.
METHOD: Based on a previously published meta-analysis, the relative risks of overall and infectious complications with immune-modulating versus standard nutrition formula were computed. Swiss hospital costs of patients undergoing gastrointestinal cancer surgery were retrieved. A method was developed to compute the patients' severity level, not taking into account the complications from the surgery. Incremental costs of complications were computed for both treatment groups, and sensitivity analyses were carried out.
RESULTS: Relative risk of complications with pre-, peri- and post-operative use of immune-modulating formula was 0.69 (95%CI 0.58-0.83), 0.62 (95%CI 0.53-0.73) and 0.73 (95%CI 0.35-0.96) respectively. The estimated average contribution of complications to the cost of stay was CHF 14,949 (euro10,901) per patient (95%CI 10,712-19,186), independently of case's severity. Based on this cost, immune-modulating nutritional support decreased costs of hospital stay by CHF 1638 to CHF 2488 per patient (euro1195-euro1814). Net hospital savings were present for baseline complications rates as low as 5%.
CONCLUSION: Immune-modulating nutritional solution is a cost-saving intervention in gastrointestinal cancer patients. The additional cost of immune-modulating formula are more than offset by savings associated with decreased treatment of complications.
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