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Measuring costs of data collection at village clinics by village doctors for a syndromic surveillance system-a cross sectional survey from China

Ding, Yan ; Fei, Yang ; Xu, Biao ; Yang, Jun ; Yan, Weirong ; Diwan, Vinod K. ; Sauerborn, Rainer ; Dong, Hengjin

In: BMC Health Services Research, 15 (2015), Nr. 287. pp. 1-7. ISSN 1472-6963

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Abstract

Background: Studies into the costs of syndromic surveillance systems are rare, especially for estimating the direct costs involved in implementing and maintaining these systems. An Integrated Surveillance System in rural China (ISSC project), with the aim of providing an early warning system for outbreaks, was implemented; village clinics were the main surveillance units. Village doctors expressed their willingness to join in the surveillance if a proper subsidy was provided. This study aims to measure the costs of data collection by village clinics to provide a reference regarding the subsidy level required for village clinics to participate in data collection. Methods: We conducted a cross-sectional survey with a village clinic questionnaire and a staff questionnaire using a purposive sampling strategy. We tracked reported events using the ISSC internal database. Cost data included staff time, and the annual depreciation and opportunity costs of computers. We measured the village doctors’ time costs for data collection by multiplying the number of full time employment equivalents devoted to the surveillance by the village doctors’ annual salaries and benefits, which equaled their net incomes. We estimated the depreciation and opportunity costs of computers by calculating the equivalent annual computer cost and then allocating this to the surveillance based on the percentage usage. Results: The estimated total annual cost of collecting data was 1,423 Chinese Renminbi (RMB) in 2012 (P25 = 857, P75 = 3284), including 1,250 RMB (P25 = 656, P75 = 3000) staff time costs and 134 RMB (P25 = 101, P75 = 335) depreciation and opportunity costs of computers. Conclusions: The total costs of collecting data from the village clinics for the syndromic surveillance system was calculated to be low compared with the individual net income in County A.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: BMC Health Services Research
Volume: 15
Number: 287
Publisher: BioMed Central
Place of Publication: London
Date Deposited: 23 Dec 2015 08:26
Date: 2015
ISSN: 1472-6963
Page Range: pp. 1-7
Faculties / Institutes: Medizinische Fakultät Heidelberg > Institut für Public Health (IPH)
Subjects: 610 Medical sciences Medicine
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