Cost-effectiveness analysis of delivery models of hearing aids in China

Different models exist to deliver hearing aids to envisioned target populations – through passive and/or active screening, and through treatment at primary, secondary or tertiary care centres - but little is known about their relative efficiency. The WHO affiliated program WWHearing aims to evaluate the costs and health outcomes of such models in pilot projects in China and India. Results will be reported in terms of cost per client fitted with hearing aids, and cost per DALY averted. A study protocol and template will be made available to facilitate further cost-effectiveness analyses.
The project is funded by WHO / WWHearing, and is closed in 2008. Collaborating partners are the China Rehabilitation Research Centre for Deaf Chlldren in Being, China, and the Community Health Centre, Vellore, India.

 

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