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An Overview of Cost-of-Illness Studies


Cooperation and Working Together (CAWT)

Subject Keywords: Disease-specific, Health care-related costs
Topic: Chronic Conditions
Coronary Heart Disease (CHD)
Health Economics (Draft)
Chronic Conditions
Type: Report
Region: All-island

This resource is an overview of Cost-of-Illness (COI) studies. COI Studies analyse the total costs incurred by a society due to a specific disease or health condition ( e.g. cardio-vascular disease). This requires recognising, identifying, listing, measuring and valuing the costs generated by an illness.COI studies can adopt either a prevalence method or an incidence method. The prevalence method considers the costs associated with all of the affected patients in relation to a specific period; the incidence method only takes account of patients who have fallen ill during the period. Costs occurring outwith the period of time under consideration ( e.g. a specific financial year) will need to be discounted to reflect their present value.



Rights: © CAWT
Suggested citation:

Cooperation and Working Together (CAWT). (2011) An Overview of Cost-of-Illness Studies [Online]. Available from: [Accessed: 19th November 2019].


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