Cost-effectiveness of simulation-based team training in obstetric emergencies (TOSTI study)

J. van de Ven, G. J. van Baaren, A. F. Fransen, P. J. van Runnard Heimel, B. W. Mol, S. G. Oei

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Abstract

Objective Team training is frequently applied in obstetrics. We aimed to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of obstetric multi-professional team training in a medical simulation centre. Study design We performed a model-based cost-effectiveness analysis to evaluate four strategies for obstetric team training from a hospital perspective (no training, training without on-site repetition and training with 6 month or 3–6-9 month repetition). Data were retrieved from the TOSTI study, a randomised controlled trial evaluating team training in a medical simulation centre. We calculated the incremental cost-effectiveness ratio (ICER), which represent the costs to prevent the adverse outcome, here (1) the composite outcome of obstetric complications and (2) specifically neonatal trauma due to shoulder dystocia. Results Mean costs of a one-day multi-professional team training in a medical simulation centre were €25,546 to train all personnel of one hospital. A single training in a medical simulation centre was less effective and more costly compared to strategies that included repetition training. Compared to no training, the ICERs to prevent a composite outcome of obstetric complications were €3432 for a single repetition training course on-site six months after the initial training and €5115 for a three monthly repetition training course on-site after the initial training during one year. When we considered neonatal trauma due to shoulder dystocia, a three monthly repetition training course on-site after the initial training had an ICER of €22,878. Conclusion Multi-professional team training in a medical simulation centre is cost-effective in a scenario where repetition training sessions are performed on-site.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)130-137
Number of pages8
JournalEuropean Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Biology
Volume216
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2017
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Cost-effectiveness
  • Obstetric care
  • Randomised controlled trial
  • Simulation
  • Team training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology

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