Cost-Effectiveness of Care Coordination for Children With Chronic Noncomplex Medical Conditions: Results From a Multicenter Randomized Clinical Trial

Hannah E. Carter, John Waugh, Anne B. Chang, Doug Shelton, Michael David, Kelly A. Weir, David Levitt, Christopher Carty, Thuy T. Frakking, ICCC Collaborative

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    Abstract

    Objectives: To assess the cost-effectiveness of care coordination, compared with standard care, for children with chronic noncomplex medical conditions. Methods: A total of 81 children aged between 2 and 15 years newly diagnosed with a noncomplex chronic condition were randomized to either care coordination or standard care as part of a multicenter randomized controlled trial. Families receiving care coordination were provided access to an Allied Health Liaison Officer, who facilitated family-centered healthcare access across hospital, education, primary care, and community sectors. Costs were estimated over a 12-month period from the perspective of the Australian health system. Health outcomes were valued as quality-adjusted life-years (QALYs). Caregiver productivity costs were included in an alternative base-case analysis, and key assumptions were tested in a series of one-way sensitivity analyses. A probabilistic sensitivity analysis was conducted to investigate the overall impact of uncertainty in the data. Results: Children in the intervention arm incurred an average of $17 in additional health system costs (95% confidence interval −3861 to 1558) and gained an additional 0.031 QALYs (95% confidence interval −0.29 to 0.092) over 12 months, producing an incremental cost-effectiveness ratio of $548 per QALY. When uncertainty was considered, there was a 73% likelihood that care coordination was cost-effective from a health system perspective, assuming a willingness to pay of $50 000 per QALY. This increased to 78% when caregiver productivity costs were included. Conclusions: Care coordination is likely to be a cost-effective intervention for children with chronic noncomplex medical conditions in the Australian healthcare setting.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1-9
    Number of pages9
    JournalValue in Health
    Volume25
    Issue number11
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 21 Jul 2022

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