Cost of caregivers for treating hospitalized diarrheal patients in Bangladesh

Sarker, Abdur Razzaque and Sultana, Marufa and Ali, Nausad and Akram, Raisul and Alam, Khorshed and Khan, Jahangir A.M. and Morton, Alec (2019) Cost of caregivers for treating hospitalized diarrheal patients in Bangladesh. Tropical Medicine and Infectious Disease, 4 (1). pp. 1-14.

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Abstract

Diarrheal diseases are a global public health problem and one of the leading causes of mortality, morbidity and economic loss. The objective of the study is to estimate the
economic cost of caregivers and cost distribution per diarrheal episodes in Bangladesh. This was a cross-sectional hospital-based study conducted in public hospitals in Bangladesh. A total of 801 diarrheal patients were randomly selected and interviewed during January to December 2015.
Simple descriptive statistics including frequencies, percentage, mean with 95% CI and median are presented. The overall average cost of caregivers was BDT 2243 (US$ 28.58) while only BDT 259 (US$ 3.29) was spent as out of pocket payments. Caregivers mostly spent money (US$ 1.63) for
food, lodging, utility bills, and other lump sum costs followed by the transportation costs (US$ 1.57). The caregivers spent more (US$ 44.45) when they accompanied the patients who were admitted in inpatients care and almost 3.6 times higher than for out-patients care (US$ 12.42). The study delivers an empirical evidence to the health-care programmers and policy makers about the economic cost of caregivers during diarrheal treatment care, which should be accounted for in designing future diarrheal prevention programme.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Commerce (1 July 2013 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Commerce (1 July 2013 -)
Date Deposited: 02 Oct 2019 23:52
Last Modified: 20 Nov 2019 05:26
Uncontrolled Keywords: caregivers; diarrheal disease; indirect cost; out of pocket payment; Bangladesh
Fields of Research : 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1199 Other Medical and Health Sciences > 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
14 Economics > 1402 Applied Economics > 140208 Health Economics
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111717 Primary Health Care
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 92 Health > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920204 Evaluation of Health Outcomes
C Society > 92 Health > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920501 Child Health
C Society > 92 Health > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920202 Carer Health
Identification Number or DOI: 10.3390/tropicalmed4010005
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/35336

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