A comparative cost-minimization analysis of providing paediatric palliative respite care before and after the opening of services at a paediatric hospice

Healthc Manage Forum. 2010 Summer;23(2):63-6. doi: 10.1016/j.hcmf.2010.04.009.


A palliative care service provider may add or decrease overall operational costs to the healthcare system. This study assessed the costs of managing respite care for children with life-limiting illness at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario for the 12-month period both before and after services at Roger's House (RH, a paediatric hospice) was made available. The opening and operation of RH for providing respite care resulted in a minimization of operational costs (n = 66 patients, mean decrease of $4,251.95 per month per patient).

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Costs and Cost Analysis*
  • Female
  • Hospices / economics*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Palliative Care / economics*
  • Pediatrics / economics*
  • Respite Care / economics*
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Statistics, Nonparametric