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A micro costing of NHS cancer genetic services

Griffith, G. L., Tudor-Edwards, R., Gray, Jonathon, Butler, R., Wilkinson, C., Turner, J., France, B. and Bennett, P. 2005. A micro costing of NHS cancer genetic services. British Journal of Cancer 92 (1) , pp. 60-71.

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This paper presents the first full micro costing of a commonly used cancer genetic counselling and testing protocol used in the UK. Costs were estimated for the Cardiff clinic of the Cancer Genetics Service in Wales by issuing a questionnaire to all staff, conducting an audit of clinic rooms and equipment and obtaining gross unit costs from the finance department. A total of 22 distinct event pathways were identified for patients at risk of developing breast, ovarian, breast and ovarian or colorectal cancer. The mean cost per patient were pound sterling 97- pound sterling 151 for patients at moderate risk, pound sterling 975- pound sterling 3072 for patients at high risk of developing colorectal cancer and pound sterling 675- pound sterling 2909 for patients at high risk of developing breast or ovarian cancer. The most expensive element of cancer genetic services was labour. Labour costs were dependent upon the amount of labour, staff grade, number of counsellors used and the proportion of staff time devoted to indirect patient contact. With the growing demand for cancer genetic services and the growing number of national and regional cancer genetic centers, there is a need for the different protocols being used to be thoroughly evaluated in terms of costs and outcomes.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RZ Other systems of medicine
Publisher: Nature Publishing Group
ISSN: 0007-0920
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 07:49

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