The costing of nursing care: a study of 65 colorectal cancer patients

Authors

  • AR Walker BScMSc,

    1. Research Assistant, Department of Surgery, University Hospital and
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  • D K Whynes BA BPhil MLitt

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    1. Senior Lecturer, Department of Economics, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, England
      David K. Whynes Department of Economics University of Nottingham, Nottingham NC7 2RD, England
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David K. Whynes Department of Economics University of Nottingham, Nottingham NC7 2RD, England

Abstract

Nursing care is a major factor in the cost of most medical treatments This paper reports on two alternative techniques for estimating the costs of nursing care, in the context of colorectal cancer treatment on a surgical ward in the University Hospital, Nottingham The simpler, but cruder, technique is based on average patient costs, whilst the other is patient-specific and incorporates the use of nursing dependency data Results from the two estimation methods are compared and the implications for the proper costing of nursing care are discussed

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