Table 2

Incremental cost of the exercise programme compared to usual care

Concept

Unita

Over 8 months (€)

Total (€)


Health system costs:

Personnel:b

Sport technician

€ 9/h

1,092

Nurse

€ 6.5/h

788

Insurances and prevention

€ 350

350

Facilities (renting pool and safeguards)

€ 55/h

5335

Management

€ 24/month

192

Medication (total health system perspective)c

Drug price

0

7,757

Additional societal costs:

Time spent in therapy

€ 2.15/h

3,135

Time spent in displacements and clothing

€ 2.15/h

3,135

Travel costs (bus tickets)

€ 0.5/ticket

1,455

Sub-total, societal additional costs

7,725

Total societal (additional costs and health system costs)

15,482


aPublic cost in € in 2005; bsalary over 8 months = number of units × 13 h/month × 9.33 monthly salaries; cno relevant incremental costs between groups were found. The weekly cost of medication increased € 5.4 from baseline in each group.

Gusi and Tomas-Carus Arthritis Research & Therapy 2008 10:R24   doi:10.1186/ar2377

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