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Korean Journal of Anesthesiology 2009;57(2):151-154.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.4097/kjae.2009.57.2.151   
How much are patients willing to pay for prevention of postoperative nausea and vomiting?
Seunghyun Chung, Kyoung Ok Kim, Jeoung Hyuk Lee, Kyoungjin Lee
Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, Dongguk University Ilsan Hospital, Goyang, Korea. jsh@duih.org
Postoperative nausea and vomiting (PONV) remains a common complication of anesthesia. We tried to assess the amount patients were willing to pay for a hypothetical antiemetic that would completely prevent PONV. METHODS: Trained residents interviewed 86 patients, who were scheduled to undergo general anesthesia, and questionnaires were completed. RESULTS: Patients were willing to pay a median of 30,000 won for an antiemetic that would completely prevent PONV. The amounts patients were willing to pay correlated with age, previous history of PONV, and patient income. CONCLUSIONS: Patients assigned a value for avoidance of PONV. It is suggested that more efforts to prevent PONV would be helpful for the increase in patient satisfaction.
Key Words: Antiemetic; Postoperative nausea and vomiting (PONV); Willingness-to-pay


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