Management strategies for abnormal early pregnancy: a cost-effectiveness analysis.

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  • OBJECTIVE: To assess the potential effectiveness and costs of 4 commonly used strategies to manage abnormal early pregnancies (AEPs). STUDY DESIGN: A decision analysis model was constructed to compare 4 strategies to manage AEPs: (1) observation, (2) medical management, (3) manual vacuum aspiration (MVA), and (4) dilation and curettage (D&C). RESULTS: MVA was the most cost-effective strategy, at dollar 793 per cure, for a total cost of dollar 377 million per 500,000 women and a cure rate of 95%. D&C was more effective than MVA, with a cure rate of 99%, but was more expensive (dollar 2,333 per cure, for a total cost of dollar 1.2 billion). D&C cured 20,000 more patients than MVA; however, at a substantial cost of dollar 38,925 per additional cure. With other estimates at baseline, MVA remained more cost-effective than D&C until the efficacy of MVA was < 82% or the cost of D&C was < dollar 240. CONCLUSION: MVA is the most cost-effective strategy for managing AEP and would be appropriate in settings in which resources are limited. D&C remains a reasonable strategy; however, one must spend dollar 38,925 per additional cure. In the United States, MVA would save dollar 779 million per year relative to D&C.
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  • Abortifacient Agents, Abortion, Induced, Abortion, Spontaneous, Cohort Studies, Cost-Benefit Analysis, Decision Support Techniques, Dilatation and Curettage, Embryo Loss, Female, Fetal Death, Humans, Obstetric Surgical Procedures, Pregnancy, Pregnancy Trimester, First, Sensitivity and Specificity, Treatment Outcome, Vacuum Curettage
  • Author List

  • Rocconi RP; Chiang S; Richter HE; Straughn JM
  • Start Page

  • 486
  • End Page

  • 490
  • Volume

  • 50
  • Issue

  • 7