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Title: Conducting a cost-benefit analysis of transitional care programmes: The key challenges and recommendations
Authors: Eh, K.X.
Ang, I.Y.H.
Nurjono, M. 
Toh, S.-A.E.S. 
Keywords: Cost-benefit analysis
Health expenditures
Integrated care
Post-discharge care
Transitional care
Issue Date: 2020
Publisher: Ubiquity Press
Citation: Eh, K.X., Ang, I.Y.H., Nurjono, M., Toh, S.-A.E.S. (2020). Conducting a cost-benefit analysis of transitional care programmes: The key challenges and recommendations. International Journal of Integrated Care 20 (1) : 5. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Rights: Attribution 4.0 International
Abstract: Transitional care encompasses a range of services designed to promote care integration as patients transfer between different locations or different levels of care. Transitional care programmes have been proven to produce positive outcomes in reducing hospital readmissions and improving patients’ health outcomes. However, little is known about the benefits of the programmes on healthcare cost and the published results have been inconsistent. With increasing healthcare expenditures and limited public healthcare resources, cost-benefit analyses become paramount in informing healthcare resource allocation decisions. This perspective paper describes the approaches used in estimating the total costs of a bundle of transitional care services from an academic medical centre, identifies the key methodological challenges encountered in the process of cost-benefit analysis, and recommends potential solutions to tackle these challenges. By providing a comprehensive perspective on the methodological challenges, this paper encourages program evaluators to take these possible challenges into consideration for future cost-benefit analyses. © 2020 The Author(s).
Source Title: International Journal of Integrated Care
ISSN: 15684156
DOI: 10.5334/ijic.4703
Rights: Attribution 4.0 International
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