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Revista Cubana de Medicina General Integral

versión impresa ISSN 0864-2125versión On-line ISSN 1561-3038


FERNANDEZ GARCIA, Ariana; GALVEZ GONZALEZ, Ana María  y  VILLAR VALDES, Rosendo. Basic principles of study of disease costs: current assessment of glaucoma cost. Rev Cubana Med Gen Integr [online]. 2010, vol.26, n.3. ISSN 0864-2125.

INTRODUCTION: studies of disease costs are an quantified valuation and assessed in monetary units of a series of disease effects, a group of diseases or of a risk factor on the resources and on other variables with a likely effect on the subject and society wellbeing. OBJECTIVES: to explain the general the basic principles of studies of disease cost and to describe the current state of a particular case of the glaucoma. METHODS: Big 6 form was applied developed by Mike Eisenberg and Bob Berkoeitz, as a systemic method of information problems solution supported in the critical thought to carry out the search of reference. RESULTS: the disease cost studies are a partial study or a type of pre-evaluation exercise that may to be the starting point of evaluation studies as such. The studies on the socioeconomic implications of glaucoma showed that the costs of patient care increase according to the worsening of disease and that the activity in patient treatment and a retard in the disease progression may to reduce significantly the economic burden of glaucoma. CONCLUSIONS: the disease cost studies may to demonstrate that diseases require a major resources allocation to prevention and to treatment and will help to influence in the decisions on the research priorities and to monitoring the impact of initiative of politics in visual health.

Palabras clave : Economic assessment; disease cost; glaucoma; visual health.

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