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Table 4 Service use and cost in eight-weeks prior to baseline assessment and between baseline and t3

From: Is a specialist breathlessness service more effective and cost-effective for patients with advanced cancer and their carers than standard care? Findings of a mixed-method randomised controlled trial

Service use and cost during the eight-weeks prior to baseline assessment
Formal and informal care Intervention arm (number = 35) Control arm (number = 32)
Service Number (%) Mean (SD) contacts Mean (SD) cost Number (%) Mean (SD) contacts Mean (SD) cost
Inpatient 15 (43) 13.0 (12.1) 3187 (5807) 16 (50) 8.1 (5.5) 2306 (3208)
Other hospital care 32 (91) 5.9 (6.3) 712 (827) 31 (97) 4.5 (2.9) 566 (377)
GP 31 (89) 3.2 (2.3) 145 (165) 28 (88) 3.5 (1.9) 134 (102)
Nurse 27 (77) 10.4 (19.0) 278 (605) 26 (81) 2.5 (1.9) 63 (72)
Other health professionals 17 (49) 2.0 (1.1) 42 (59) 15 (47) 1.9 (1.2) 33 (55)
Social care 5 (14) 29.6 (30.3) 101 (343) 5 (16) 24.8 (48.8) 110 (462)
Total formal care costs    4464 (6017)    3212 (3434)
Informal care 32 (91) 20.4 (18.8) 1673 (1690) 32 (100) 25.1 (25.1) 2249 (2248)
Total costs    6137 (6099)    5461 (4393)
Service use and cost between baseline and t3
  Intervention arm (number = 28) Control arm (number = 26)
Service Number (%) Mean (SD) contacts Mean (SD) cost Number (%) Mean (SD) contacts Mean (SD) cost
BIS intervention 27 (96) 1.9 (2.0) 119 (62) 2 (8) 1.5 (0.7) 5 (20)
Inpatient 2 (7) 3.0 (2.8) 123 (547) 3 (12) 6.3 (6.8) 418 (1614)
Other hospital care 15 (54) 1.5 (0.8) 105 (115) 14 (54) 1.4 (0.6) 96 (107)
GP 10 (36) 1.2 (0.6) 22 (38) 13 (50) 1.3 (0.5) 27 (32)
Nurse 11 (39) 3.0 (3.8) 37 (96) 12 (46) 1.8 (1.6) 25 (46)
Other health professionals 5 (18) 1.2 (0.4) 11 (28) 3 (12) 1.0 (0.0) 3 (9)
Social care 4 (14) 4.3 (6.5) 20 (59) 3 (12) 15.7 (22.9) 45 (190)
Total formal care costs    436 (604)    618 (1627)
Informal care 22 (79) 20.3 (20.8) 358 (452) 25 (96) 23.4 (25.2) 504 (564)
Total costs    794 (866)    1121 (1635)
  1. Costs in 2011/2012 £s. BIS, Breathlessness Intervention Service; GP, general practitioner; SD standard deviation.