Project Description

Author: Hasan et al.


Dengue fever, a severe illness caused by a mosquito-borne viral infection, has significantly impacted Bangladesh. Although Dengue fever initially appeared in the year 2000 but in recent decades, outbreaks of dengue have witnessed a surge in the frequency and scale of outbreaks, with an increasing proportion of severe cases and mortality. The changing pattern and heightened severity of the disease, particularly affecting rural areas, pose a significant challenge to public health facilities. As the number of cases rises, patients are facing extreme financial difficulties. Even though Dengue is clearly causing an economic burden, it remains poorly quantified. Therefore, we want to conduct a cost analysis to assess the direct costs associated with hospitalized patients with dengue at a tertiary care hospital in Bangladesh. The study will be cross-sectional observational in nature for a period of six months from July 2023 to December 2023. Ethical clearance will be collected from the ethical review committee (ERC) of Public Health Foundation, Bangladesh. A total of 412 diagnosed dengue cases admitted at the study place fulfilling the inclusion criteria will be included in the study. Informed written consent will be collected from the attendant of each of the participants after detailed description regarding the aim and objectives of the study. Pretesting the questionnaire will be done before the finalization of data collecting instrument. Data will be collected using the direct interview and observation method by a data collector trained earlier on the process of data collection at the time of discharge from the hospital. Detailed information on socio-demographic factors like age, gender, area of residence, occupation, and monthly family income will be collected. Additionally, clinical details such as the duration of dengue diagnosis, onset of symptoms, hospital admission duration, and accommodation facilities will be recorded. Cost-related information covering expenses like transport, hospital admission, bed, food, doctor and nurse visits, medical investigations, and transportation costs will be noted. After completion, data will be analyzed using Software Package Used for Statistical Analysis (SPSS) version 26.0.

Status: Ongoing

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