Table 102Resource use over 12 months and unit costs associated with patient management for people in recovery from alcohol dependence

ServiceUsage per personUnit cost
(2008/09 prices)
Source of unit costs; comments
Pharmacological interventionStandard care
Psychological treatment1212£88Curtis (2009); nurse specialist (community): £88 per hour of patient contact
Outpatient visit2
(1 × 30 minutes; 1 × 15 minutes)
(1 × 30 minutes)
30 minutes:£161
15 minutes: £81
Curtis (2009); consultant psychiatrist: £322 per hour of patient contact
GP visits10£35Curtis (2009); GP per surgery consultation lasting 11.7 minutes: £35
Laboratory blood tests (liver function; urea and electrolytes)30Liver function: £5.70
Urea and electrolytes: £4.63
Newcastle-upon-Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation
Trust – personal communication


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