The economic advantages of measured change in health care: An example from obstetrics

C. E L Brown, A. J. Satin, K. J. Leveno

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Abstract

To evaluate the economic effects of an increased oxytocin dosage for labor stimulation at a large urban hospital, a cost analysis of a before and after cohort, analytic clinical trial was performed. Delivery outcomes for two different oxytocin dosages were evaluated from the perspective of provider and consumer costs attributable to the oxytocin regimen. The high-dose oxytocin regimen resulted in an estimated provider and consumer cost savings of approximately $350,000 per year. We conclude that a small change in health care, such as an increased infusion rate of a single drug, can have economic advantages.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)893-895
Number of pages3
JournalObstetrics and gynecology
Volume84
Issue number5
StatePublished - Nov 1994

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  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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    Brown, C. E. L., Satin, A. J., & Leveno, K. J. (1994). The economic advantages of measured change in health care: An example from obstetrics. Obstetrics and gynecology, 84(5), 893-895.