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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 17  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 506-510

Caregivers' willingness-to-pay for a topical anesthetic cream for minor medical procedures in children

1 Department of Paediatrics; Department of Health Policy Research Group, University of Nigeria Enugu Campus, Enugu, Nigeria
2 Department of Pharmacy, University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Enugu, Nigeria
3 Department of paediatrics, Federal Medical Centre, Umuahia, Abia State, Nigeria
4 Department of Health Policy Research Group; Department of Community Medicine, University of Nigeria Enugu Campus, Enugu, Nigeria
5 Department of Health Policy Research Group, Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics; Department of Health Administration and Management, University of Nigeria Enugu Campus, Enugu, Nigeria

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M D Ughasoro
Department of Paediatrics, University of Nigeria Enugu Campus, P.O.Box 1093, Enugu
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/1119-3077.134054

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Background: Topical anesthetic cream (TAC) is not in use in pediatric practice in Sub-saharan regions. Knowledge of Caregivers' willingness-to-pay (WTP) for the cream is necessary for its deployment. Objective: To determine the WTP for TAC for minor pediatric painful procedures. Materials and Methods: The study was a questionnaire-based conducted in two tertiary health institutions in southeast Nigeria. WTP was elicited using the contingent valuation method. The respondents were caregivers to children that attended out-patient clinics and in-patient. Data analysis was by Statistical Package for the Social Sciences software (SPSS) and STATA11. Results: Majority (94%) of the respondents were willing to pay for TAC. The mean maximum WTP was US$8.31. Multivariate analysis showed no statistically significant association between many variables with WTP for TAC. Conclusions: Their average WTP was higher than the market price of topical anesthetic cream. Therefore, there is a good prospect for TAC if deployed in Nigeria.

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