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Table 5 Overview of costs with employed patients only (in euro).

From: Cost-minimization analysis in a blind randomized trial on small-incision versus laparoscopic cholecystectomy from a societal perspective: sick leave outweighs efforts in hospital savings

  Laparoscopic cholecystectomy
(n = 120)
Small-incision cholecystectomy
(n = 137)
Difference in costs
(per patient)
significance
60 and older 26 26   
Employed (male/female) 50 51   
Unemployed/unknown 44 60   
Employed n = 50 n = 51   
Direct (37.7%) (38.4%)   
  104003 96454   
(per patient) 2080 1891 189 P = 0.055
Indirect (62.3%) (61.6%)   
  172005 155024   
(per patient) 3440 3040 400 P = 0.315
- Average period before return to work (in weeks (SD)): 4.2 (2.3) 3.7 (2.0)   P = 0.298
Total 276008 251477   
(per patient) 5520 4931 589 P = 0.179
  1. Total indirect costs: 327029 euro (n = 101)
  2. Average period before return to work: 4.0 (SD: 2.2) weeks
  3. Average indirect costs per patient per week: 820 euro
  4. Negative differences in costs favour the laparoscopic procedure and positive differences in costs favour the small-incision technique.