Economic evaluation of a primary care-based education programme for patients with osteoarthritis of the knee

Lord J, Victor C, Littlejohns P, Ross F M, Axford J S
Record ID 31999009016
Authors' objectives:

The objectives of this study were: 1. To measure the clinical effectiveness of the intervention over one year of follow-up 2. To estimate the mean cost per participant of providing the intervention in the Osteoarthritis of the Knee (OAK) study 3. To estimate the impact of the programme on the direct and indirect costs of health care related to knee arthritis over the year of follow-up.

Authors' recommendations: The OAK study failed to demonstrate improvements in knowledge, self-efficacy in arthritis management, or health outcomes after one year. The evidence in this study lends support to the contention that general practice based patient education programmes for knee osteoarthritis are not a cost-effective use of healthcare resources. However, further evidence is required before this can be confirmed.
Authors' methods: Economic evaluation
Project Status: Completed
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Year Published: 1999
English language abstract: An English language summary is available
Publication Type: Not Assigned
Country: England, United Kingdom
MeSH Terms
  • Costs and Cost Analysis
  • Osteoarthritis, Knee
  • Patient Education as Topic
  • Primary Health Care
Organisation Name: NIHR Health Technology Assessment programme
Contact Address: NIHR Journals Library, National Institute for Health and Care Research, Evaluation, Trials and Studies Coordinating Centre, Alpha House, University of Southampton Science Park, Southampton SO16 7NS, UK
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