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Arch Hellen Med, 28(5), September-October 2011, 644-646


Cost-effectiveness analysis for basic screening tests for swine flu in a pandemic

V. Wiwanitkit
Wiwanitkit House, Bangkhae, Bangkok, Thailand

OBJECTIVE Currently, many screening tests for swine flu are available. A major concern is the cost-effectiveness of the test used. Here a basic costeffectiveness analysis is made of the available basic screening tests for swine flu in the pandemic situation.

METHOD This investigation was designed as a standard cost-effectiveness study of the five tests available in Thailand.

RESULTS According to this study, the cost-effectiveness per turnaround time of the rapid test is the lowest alternative.

CONCLUSIONS Based on a costeffectiveness analysis, the rapid test appeared to be the most appropriate screening test for swine flu.

Key words: Cost, Effectiveness, Screening, Swine flu, Test.

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