Cost-effectiveness of universal prophylaxis in pregnancy with prior group B streptococci colonization

Infect Dis Obstet Gynecol. 2009;2009:934698. doi: 10.1155/2009/934698. Epub 2009 Dec 13.


Objective: To estimate the costs and outcomes of rescreening for group B streptococci (GBS) compared to universal treatment of term women with history of GBS colonization in a previous pregnancy.

Study design: A decision analysis model was used to compare costs and outcomes. Total cost included the costs of screening, intrapartum antibiotic prophylaxis (IAP), treatment for maternal anaphylaxis and death, evaluation of well infants whose mothers received IAP, and total costs for treatment of term neonatal early onset GBS sepsis.

Results: When compared to screening and treating, universal treatment results in more women treated per GBS case prevented (155 versus 67) and prevents more cases of early onset GBS (1732 versus 1700) and neonatal deaths (52 versus 51) at a lower cost per case prevented ($8,805 versus $12,710).

Conclusion: Universal treatment of term pregnancies with a history of previous GBS colonization is more cost-effective than the strategy of screening and treating based on positive culture results.

MeSH terms

  • Anti-Bacterial Agents / therapeutic use
  • Antibiotic Prophylaxis / economics*
  • Costs and Cost Analysis
  • Decision Support Techniques
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Complications, Infectious / drug therapy*
  • Pregnancy Complications, Infectious / economics
  • Pregnancy Complications, Infectious / prevention & control*
  • Streptococcal Infections / drug therapy*
  • Streptococcal Infections / economics
  • Streptococcal Infections / prevention & control
  • Streptococcus agalactiae*


  • Anti-Bacterial Agents