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Arthritis Rheum. 1993 Feb;36(2):243-6.

Cost-effectiveness of increased telephone contact for patients with osteoarthritis. A randomized, controlled trial.

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  • 1Center for Health Services Research in Primary Care, Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Durham, NC 27705.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To evaluate the cost-effectiveness of telephone intervention for patients with osteoarthritis.

METHODS:

Randomized, controlled trial.

RESULTS:

The intervention did not significantly increase health care costs. The annual costs for a 1-unit improvement in physical functioning and in pain, as measured by the Arthritis Impact Measurement Scales, were $70.86 and $31.00, respectively.

CONCLUSION:

Telephone contact is a potentially cost-effective intervention in osteoarthritis.

PMID:
7679273
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