Cost-effectiveness of pre-participation screening of athletes with ECG in Europe and Algeria

  • Deodato Assanelli, Rosella Levaggi, François Carré, Sanjay Sharma, Asterios Deligiannis, Klaus Peter Mellwig, Mohamed Tahmi, Giovanni Vinetti, Paola Aliverti
  • Internal and Emergency Medicine, August 2014, Springer Science + Business Media
  • DOI: 10.1007/s11739-014-1123-2

What is it about?

The aim of this study is to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of ECG in combination with family and personal history and physical examination in order to detect cardiovascular diseases that might cause sudden death in athletes. The results of this study strongly support the utilisation of 12-lead ECG in the pre-participation screening of young athletes, especially in countries where secondary preventive care is not highly developed. The estimated reduced risk of death deriving from treatment or disqualification resulted in the saving of 79.1 statistical life-years in Europe and 136.3 in Algeria. The Cost Effectiveness ratio of screening was 4,071 purchasing-power-parity-adjusted US dollars ($PPP) in Europe and 582 $PPP in Algeria.

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