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

Journal Article (Clinical Trial;Journal Article)

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.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Weinberger, M; Tierney, WM; Cowper, PA; Katz, BP; Booher, PA

Published Date

  • February 1993

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 36 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 243 - 246

PubMed ID

  • 7679273

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0004-3591

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1002/art.1780360216


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States