Cost-effectiveness of increased telephone contact for patients with osteoarthritis. A randomized, controlled trial.
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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.
Weinberger, M; Tierney, WM; Cowper, PA; Katz, BP; Booher, PA
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