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Cost-effectiveness of screening for colorectal cancer with once-only flexible sigmoidoscopy and faecal occult blood test
Abstract: On the basis of a randomized controlled trial we estimate
the cost per life-year gained for six different strategies for colorectal
cancer screening. Individuals in the age group 50 to 64 years were randomly
selected for either flexible sigmoidoscopy or a combination of flexible
sigmoidoscopy and a faecal occult blood test. A comprehensive dataset was
collected from the trial to estimate costs and gained life-years. There are
some indications that screening for colorectal cancer can be
cost-effective, but the results are not statistically significant after
this short follow-up period.
Keywords: Keywords – screening; cost-effectiveness analysis; colorectal cancer; multinomial logit; probabilistic sensitivity analysis; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: C41; C52; I10; I18; (follow links to similar papers)
47 pages, June 2, 2009
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