Cost‐effectiveness of increased telephone contact for patients with osteoarthritis: A randomized, controlled trial

Morris Weinberger, William M. Tierney, Patricia A. Cowper, Barry P. Katz, Patricia A. Booher

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)243-246
Number of pages4
JournalArthritis & Rheumatism
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1993


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Rheumatology
  • Immunology
  • Pharmacology (medical)

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