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Table 6 Long-term costs (Euros) after delivery among PTL/PTB mothers, by GA and sector

From: Short and long-term costs among women experiencing preterm labour or preterm birth: the German experience

  < 28 weeks 28–36 weeks ≥ 37 weeks All
  N Mean Median (IQR) N Mean Median (IQR) N Mean Median (IQR) N Mean Median (IQR)
First Year Post Discharge 30    463    929    1422   
Outpatient sector   674 368 (263580)   394 285 (190482)   351 281 (181430)   372 283 (187–448)
Inpatient sector   815 0 (0101)   313 0 (00)   236 0 (00)   273 0 (00)
Prescribed medications   312 121 (14307)   219 39 (0107)   93 27 (068)   139 30 (081)
Other servicesa   378 187 (58418)   377 191 (57502)   264 127 (0391)   303 153 (0420)
Total Costs   2178 1027 (614–3084)   1302 690 (376–1182)   944 568 (308–955)   1087 607 (329–1053)
Second Year Post Discharge 13    288    560    861   
Outpatient sector   433 234 (176530)   372 218 (110474)   313 224 (105406)   335 224 (107421)
Inpatient sector   661 0 (0607)   318 0 (00)   181 0 (00)   234 0 (00)
Prescribed medications   1517 53 (2692)   311 36 (0116)   156 30 (079)   228 32 (092)
Other servicesa   20 0 (00)   185 0 (076)   83 0 (056)   116 0 (058)
Total Costs   2631 530 (229–1282)   1185 331 (142–994)   732 332 (130–687)   912 332 (134–751)
Third Year Post Discharge 6    174    304    484   
Outpatient sector   386 417 (216520)   395 265 (146497)   363 259 (138461)   375 263 (140481)
Inpatient sector   1746 0 (03412)   478 0 (00)   240 0 (00)   344 0 (00)
Prescribed medications   93 83 (32150)   367 47 (14125)   225 44 (12100)   275 45 (12107)
Other servicesa   164 44 (0173)   172 0 (085)   99 0 (060)   126 0 (077)
Total Costs   2389 1068 (652–3575)   1412 389 (188–855)   928 385 (181–845)   1120 388 (183–867)
  1. aNote that other services include: Remedies (e.g., physiotherapy, massage, manual therapy, occupational therapy); Medical devices (e.g., measurement devices, medical devices, inhalation devices); Midwife services (e.g., antenatal preparation, home visits after birth); Driving services (e.g., ambulance service, patient transportation); Other (e.g., household help, home care necessary for medical treatment);
  2. Abbreviations: GA gestational age, IQR interquartile range, PTB preterm birth, PTL preterm labour