The Economics of Infectious Disease

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Infectious diseases once considered vanquished in the developed world now represent a growing challenge to public health care systems. Not only do we face threats from high profile new diseases such as AIDS, MRSA, SARS and Avian Flu, but old scourges such as tuberculosis are returning in drug resistant forms. Food-borne infections are common, encompassing both common bacterial infections that are associated with gastro-enteritis and new diseases that have crossed the species barriers, such as BSE and the resultant new variant CJD. These diseases present complex and as yet unresolved problems for those involved in the control of infectious disease.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198516224
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 8/31/2006
  • Series: Oxford Medical Publications
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction to the economics of infectious disease 1
2 Choosing the first-line drug for malaria treatment - how can cost-effectiveness analysis inform policy? 23
3 Economic issues related to antimicrobial resistance 49
4 Economic evaluation of HIV prevention activities : dynamic challenges for cost-effectiveness analysis 65
5 Modelling the cost-effectiveness of the new interventions : how can technological change be incorporated? 85
6 Complexity and the attribution of cost to hospital-acquired infection 103
7 Decision analysis of strategies to deal with non-compliance with TB treatment 117
8 The economic evaluation of HAI 129
9 The socio-economic burden of influenza : costs of illness and 'willingness to pay' in a publicly funded health care system 159
10 Willingness to pay for insecticide-treated mosquito nets in Surat, India 181
11 Disentangling value : assessing the benefits of containing antimicrobial resistance 201
12 Economics of animal health : implications for public health 215
13 Risk assessment models, economic analysis and food safety policy 237
14 Transaction cost economics and principal-agent theory : insights into investigations of outbreaks of infectious diseases 261
15 Governance arrangements for the control of infectious disease 281
16 Evaluating US food safety regulations which use benefit and cost information 299
17 Global governance of international public health : the role of international regulatory cooperation 327
18 Trade and infectious disease outbreaks : ensuring public health without compromising free trade 341
19 Epilogue : application to contemporary challenges : avian 'flu and MRSA 355
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