Coskeran, T., Denman, A. R., Phillips, P. S. and Tornberg, R. (2007) The cost-effectiveness of radon-proof membranes in new homes: a case study from Brixworth, Northamptonshire, UK. Health Policy.81(2-3), pp. 195-206. 0168-8510.
Coskeran, T., Denman, A. R., Phillips, P. S. and Tornberg, R.
Installing radon-proof membranes in new homes can reduce the exposure of those living in the properties to the radiation caused by a build up of radon gas. This paper considers whether doing so is cost-effective for a group of new houses constructed in the village of Brixworth, Northamptonshire, UK. The measure of cost-effectiveness used is cost per quality-adjusted life-year gained. Brixworth is situated in a high-radon area of the UK. As a result, all properties built there must comply with building regulations that require installation of membranes. When compared with a number of medical interventions and a well-established threshold value for cost-effectiveness, the use of membranes in new properties in the village is shown to be cost-effective. This result also pertains when adjustment is made for a number of assumptions adopted in estimating the cost per quality-adjusted life-year gained. The paper concludes with suggestions for future research to establish whether or not the use of membranes in new properties in other areas would be cost-effective