Researchers from the Institute for Public Health, University of Calgary, Canada, recently released findings from a study in which they performed a cost-utility analysis of funding smoking
cessation programs for patients with Crohn’s Disease
(CD). The study entitled, “Funding a smoking cessation program for Crohn's disease: an economic evaluation
” was published in the most recent edition of The American Journal of Gastroenterology
- Quality adjusted life years (QALY): a measure used in assessing the value for money of a medical intervention by the effects it has on both the quality and the quantity of a patient’s life. It is number of years of life that would be added by the intervention.
- Cost-utility analysis: in healthcare it measures QALYs by the value for money gained or lost between two different interventions on health outcomes.
CD is a debilitating disease caused by inflammation of the lining of a patient’s digestive tract. The inflammation often spreads deep into affected tissues. The inflammation can involve the large intestine, small intestine or both. S