Calculating the economic burden of presumed microbial keratitis admissions at a tertiary referral centre in the UK.

Moussa, George, Hodson, James, Gooch, Nick, Virdee, Jasvir, Penaloza, Cristina, Kigozi, Jesse and Rauz, Saaeha (2020) Calculating the economic burden of presumed microbial keratitis admissions at a tertiary referral centre in the UK. Eye (London, England). ISSN 1476-5454. This article is available to all UHB staff and students via ASK Discovery tool http://tinyurl.com/z795c8c by using their UHB Athens login IDs

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Abstract

PURPOSE

Microbial keratitis (MK) is the most common non-surgical ophthalmic emergency admission in the UK. However, few prospective health-economic studies of MK have been performed, and no specific healthcare resources group (HRG) code exists. This study is designed to determine the feasibility of a data collection tool derived from the microbiology ophthalmology group (MOG) clinical record form, to enable quantification of direct costs of inpatient care, as well as prospective capture of epidemiological data relating to outcomes of MK.

METHODS

Clinical, demographic and economic data were collected retrospectively between January and December 2013 for 101 consecutive patients admitted with MK, using an adaption of the MOG toolset. The direct cost of admission (COA) was calculated using national reference costs and compared to actual income to generate profit/deficit profiles for individual patients. Indices of multiple deprivation were used to assess effect of deprivation on the COA.

RESULTS

The total income generated through discharge coding was £252,116, compared to a COA of £357,075, yielding a deficit of £104,960 (median: £754 per patient). The cost deficit increased significantly with length of stay (LOS, p < 0.001), whilst patients with short LOS were income generators; cost neutrality occurred at 4.8 days. Greater socioeconomic deprivation was also associated with a significantly higher cost deficit.

CONCLUSION

LOS is the key driver for COA of care for MK admissions. Protocols should encourage discharge of patients who are able to self-administer treatment after the sterilisation phase. The MOG-derived data collection toolset captures pertinent clinical data for quantification of COA. Further development into a multiuser and multisite platform is required for robust prospective testing, together with expansion to capture indirect costs of disease burden, including impact of treatment, visual morbidity and quality of life.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article is available to all UHB staff and students via ASK Discovery tool http://tinyurl.com/z795c8c by using their UHB Athens login IDs
Subjects: W Public health. Health statistics. Occupational health. Health education
WW Eyes. Ophthalmology
Divisions: Ambulatory Care > Ophthalmology
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Depositing User: Jamie Edgar
Date Deposited: 11 Dec 2020 15:37
Last Modified: 11 Dec 2020 15:37
URI: http://www.repository.uhblibrary.co.uk/id/eprint/3784

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