Cost utility analysis of diagnostic method of syphilis

Wiwanitkit, Viroj (2008) Cost utility analysis of diagnostic method of syphilis. Online Journal Of Health And Allied Sciences, 7 (1). ISSN 0972-5997

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Abstract

Presently, the diagnosis of syphilis is dependent mainly on serological tests. The most widely used screening tests for syphilis are the VDRL and the rapid plasma reagin (RPR) and for confirmation, the fluorescent treponemal antibody (FTA) and the treponema pallidum hemagglutination (TPHA) tests. The four alternative modes for diagnosis of syphilis can be a) VDRL + FTA, b) VDRL + TPHA, c) RPR + FTA and d) RPR + TPHA. Here the author reports an evaluation of cost utility of these tests in medical practice. It is shown that the cost per accurate diagnosis with VDRL + TPH is the least expensive choice. Therefore, this alternative is the best method for serological diagnosis for syphilis, based on medical laboratory economics principles.

EPrint Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Serology, Diagnosis, Syphilis, Cost Utility, VDROl, TPMA, Treponemal Antibody, Treponema Pallidium Hemagllutination, Rapid Plasma Reagin
Subjects:Diagnosis > Diagnostic Techniques and Procedures
Bacterial Infections and Mycoses > Bacterial Infections > Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Bacterial
Bacterial Infections and Mycoses > Bacterial Infections > Gram-Negative Bacterial Infections
Amino Acids, Peptides, and Proteins > Proteins > Blood Proteins
Bacterial Infections and Mycoses > Bacterial Infections > Spirochaetales Infections
-Journal Repositories > Online Journal of Health and Allied Sciences
Investigative Techniques > Immunologic Techniques
Amino Acids, Peptides, and Proteins > Proteins > Globulins
Social Sciences > Economics
Diagnosis > Laboratory Techniques and Procedures
Health Care Economics and Organizations > Economics
ID Code:2872
Deposited By:Dr Srinivas Kakkilaya
Deposited On:27 May 2008

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