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European Journal of Pediatrics

, Volume 167, Issue 3, pp 337–339 | Cite as

An estimation of indirect costs caused by acute rotavirus gastroenteritis in a Galician area, Spain

  • Federico Martinón-TorresEmail author
  • Marta Bouzón-Alejandro
  • Maria López-Sousa
  • Lorenzo Redondo-Collazo
  • Santiago Almeida-Agudín
  • Consuelo Astorgano-Fernández
  • José María Martinón-Sánchez
Short Report

Despite the fact that rotavirus gastroenteritis is currently considered to be the most common pediatric disease in the European Community, preventable by vaccination, specific data about the indirect economic burden generated by rotavirus in Europe are limited [9]. In Spain, economic data on rotavirus are even more limited, and its impact in terms of indirect costs is unknown [2, 3, 4].

We have tried to assess the indirect economic burden of acute gastroenteritis induced by rotavirus in infants from a Galician area (Northwest of Spain), and to compare it with the burden due to acute gastroenteritis from other causes. For this purpose, a prospective, observational study was conducted from December 2005 through April 2006 in a pediatric continued care center, involving 88 infants under 2 years of age with acute gastroenteritis, in which all nonmedical expenses from the start to the end of the diseases were recorded in detail using personal interviews and telephone contacts. Moreover,...

Keywords

Rotavirus Indirect costs Gastroenteritis Infant 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Federico Martinón-Torres
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Marta Bouzón-Alejandro
    • 1
  • Maria López-Sousa
    • 1
  • Lorenzo Redondo-Collazo
    • 1
  • Santiago Almeida-Agudín
    • 1
  • Consuelo Astorgano-Fernández
    • 1
  • José María Martinón-Sánchez
    • 1
  1. 1.Servicio de Críticos, Intermedios y Urgencias PediátricasHospital Clínico Universitario de Santiago de Compostela. Universidad de Santiago de CompostelaSantiago de CompostelaSpain
  2. 2.UCI PediatríaHospital Clínico Universitario de Santiago de CompostelaSantiago de CompostelaSpain

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