Cost-effectiveness of Prophylactic Moisturization for Atopic Dermatitis

Xu, S. et al. (2017) JAMA Pediatrics. 171(2):e163909

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Question: What is the cost benefit of using moisturizers for the prevention of atopic dermatitis in high-risk newborns?

Findings: In this cost-effectiveness study, there was an incremental quality-adjusted life-year (QALY) benefit of prophylactic moisturization with 7 common moisturizers used in a 6-month window. Overall, the prophylactic use of moisturizers was determined to be cost-effective, with petroleum jelly demonstrating the best cost-benefit ratio ($353/QALY).

Meaning: Prophylactic moisturization for atopic dermatitis in high-risk newborns is likely to be cost-effective for all 7 moisturizers studied.

Read the abstract here

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