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Int J Technol Assess Health Care. 2006 Winter;22(1):84-9.

Cost-effectiveness of a supplementary class-based exercise program in the treatment of knee osteoarthritis.

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  • 1Centre for Health Economics, University of York, UK. gar2@york.ac.uk

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

The aim of this study was to assess the cost-effectiveness of a class-based exercise program supplementing a home-based program when compared with a home-based program alone. In addition, we estimated the probability that the supplementary class program is cost-effective over a range of values of a decision maker's willingness to pay for an additional quality-adjusted life-year (QALY).

METHODS:

The resource use and effectiveness data were collected as part of the clinical trial detailed elsewhere. Unit costs were estimated from published sources. The net benefit approach to cost-effectiveness analysis is used to estimate the probability of the intervention being cost-effective.

RESULTS:

The addition of a supplementary class-based group results in an increase in QALYs and lower costs. For all plausible values of a decision maker's willingness to pay for a QALY, the supplementary class group is likely to be cost-effective.

CONCLUSIONS:

The addition of a class-based exercise program is likely to be cost-effective and, on current evidence, should be implemented.

PMID:
16673684
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