Arch Hellen Med, 28(5), September-October 2011, 644-646
Cost-effectiveness analysis for basic screening tests for swine flu in a pandemic
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.