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Breast Cancer Screening in the Netherlands: a Health Economic Evaluation of Screening Strategies

Weezel, BSc Giel J.W. van (2023) Breast Cancer Screening in the Netherlands: a Health Economic Evaluation of Screening Strategies.

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Abstract:This study evaluates the cost-effectiveness and budget impact of different breast cancer screening strategies in the Netherlands using health economic analysis. The aim is to assess the health-economic performance of the breast cancer screening program in the Netherlands by comparing populations that undergo different screening strategies using a newly developed population screening simulation tool. The study uses discrete event simulation to create a reliable representation of the Dutch breast cancer screening program and its effects on population health. The current literature provides no consensus on the cost-effectiveness of the Dutch breast cancer screening program. The last evaluation took place in 2014, and new guidelines for health economic analyses in the Dutch context have since been published. This study found that there were no significant differences in average quality of life experienced between tested strategies, with the average (QALYs) of all tested strategies ranging between 72.2 and 72.4. total costs did vary between -200M and +380M between tested strategies The study provides a new tool that could be used for other diseases and proposed screening programs like bowel cancer, ovarian cancer, prostate cancer, and lung cancer.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Accenture, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:02 science and culture in general, 31 mathematics, 42 biology, 44 medicine, 49 domestic science, 58 process technology, 70 social sciences in general, 88 social and public administration
Programme:Industrial Engineering and Management MSc (60029)
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