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A self-reported work sampling to assess the Emergency Department’s costs


  • Paolo Cremonesi

    () (S.C.M.C.A.U. E.O. Ospedali Galliera, Italy)

  • Enrico di Bella

    () (DIEM, University of Genoa, Italy)

  • Marcello Montefiori

    () (DIEM, University of Genoa, Italy)

  • Luca Persico

    () (DIEM, University of Genoa, Italy)


Emergency Department (ED) activity involves a consistent absorption of resources varying from medical staff to laundry services. Moving from the consideration that staff cost is the most relevant item among those reported in the ED balance sheet, we have conducted a statistical survey in one of the most relevant Italian ED with the goal of providing an accurate estimation of the cost incurred by ED according to the patient severity type (measured by the triage coding).The main contribution of the present paper consists in suggesting a new methodological approach to the ED cost analysis. Personnel and other costs are jointly considered in order to define, by the use of two different cost modeling scenarios, a per patient standard cost which takes into account the patient type and outcome.

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  • Paolo Cremonesi & Enrico di Bella & Marcello Montefiori & Luca Persico, 2011. "A self-reported work sampling to assess the Emergency Department’s costs," DEP - series of economic working papers 6/2011, University of Genoa, Research Doctorate in Public Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:gea:wpaper:6/2011

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    emergency department; self-reporting work sampling; standard cost;

    JEL classification:

    • H51 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Government Expenditures and Health
    • I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health
    • C51 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric Modeling - - - Model Construction and Estimation


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