Screening (and Some Rescreening) for Aortic Aneurysms Found Cost Effective

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: 10.1136/bmj.e4276 (Published 5 July 2012)

Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e4276

Objective To assess the cost effectiveness of different screening strategies for abdominal aortic aneurysm in men, from the perspective of a national health service.

Setting Screening units at regional hospitals.

Participants Hypothetical cohort of 65 year old men from the general population.

Main outcome measures Costs (£ in 2010) and effect on health outcomes (quality adjusted life years (QALYs)).

Results Screening seems to be highly cost effective compared with not screening. The model estimated a 92% probability that some form of screening would be cost effective at a threshold of £20 000 (€24 790; $31 460).

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