Additional costs of inpatient malnutrition, Victoria, Australia 2003-2004

Rowell, David and Jackson, Terri (2011) Additional costs of inpatient malnutrition, Victoria, Australia 2003-2004. European Journal of Health Economics, 12 4: 353-361. doi:10.1007/s10198-010-0245-3

Author Rowell, David
Jackson, Terri
Title Additional costs of inpatient malnutrition, Victoria, Australia 2003-2004
Journal name European Journal of Health Economics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1618-7598
Publication date 2011-08-01
Year available 2010
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s10198-010-0245-3
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 12
Issue 4
Start page 353
End page 361
Total pages 9
Place of publication New York, N.Y. U.S.A.
Publisher Springer-Verlag
Language eng
Abstract Our objective was to estimate the cost of inpatient malnutrition conditional upon admitting diagnosis and recorded nutritional treatment. We analysed an anonymised administrative data set for inpatients treated in hospitals in Victoria, Australia 2003-2004. The data set included patient-level cost, clinical markers, demographic and episode variables. The data set was analysed to identify codes, which indicated the presence of malnutrition or its treatment. Linear regression was used to ascertain to what extent malnutrition affected the cost of admission. Controlling for the underlying condition and any treatment administered, recorded malnutrition is estimated to add AU $1,745 per admission. The total cost of coded malnutrition to the Victorian public hospital system in 2003-2004 was estimated to be least AU $10.7 million. Only 1.87% of inpatients were coded as malnourished. As administrative data are known to underreport the prevalence of malnutrition, our estimate represents a credible lower boundary on the true cost of inpatient malnutrition. © 2010 Springer-Verlag.
Keyword Administrative data
Cost of illness
Quality of care
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online: 18 April, 2010.

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