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Cost-Benefit Analysis of a Community-Based Stroke Prevention Program in Bao Shan District, Shanghai, China

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Author(s): Yan Huang | Jing Ren

Journal: International Journal of Collaborative Research on Internal Medicine & Public Health
ISSN 1840-4529

Volume: 3;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 178;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: Cost-Benefit | Hypertension | Prevention | Stroke

ABSTRACT
Background: Stroke is a serious problem faced by society. This disease brings not only health problemsto individuals suffering from it, but also a serious economic burden to patients and their families.Moreover, it reduces social benefits and the labor force. Therefore, it is important to think about theefficient control and prevention of this disease. It is well known that hypertension is the main cause ofstroke. In Bao Shan District, located in Shanghai, China, a community-based prevention program hasbeen in place since 1995. The program is trying to reduce the number of stroke patients and the costs totreat them, mainly by hypertension control and treatment.Objectives: The purpose of this paper is to show the data, describe the results and give a cost-benefitanalysis of the program according to data from 1995 to 1997.Methods: The data is calculated by using the method of cost-benefit analysis.Results: According to the cost-benefit analysis of the program, because the incidence of stroke goesdown after the hypertension prevention work is taken, the16 patients will not face economic loss becauseof stoke after the prevention. This is the biggest benefit of this community-based program. The input ofthis program is RMB 293,573 and the output is RMB 1,062.204; the ratio of cost and benefit is: cost:benefit=1:3.57. (The official currency of the People's Republic of China; RMB/USD currency exchangerate is 1: 0.1473).Conclusion: The economic burden and the Cost-Benefit Analysis can provide important data to themedical and public health departments in order to make the pertinent prevention policy.
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