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Cost-effectiveness of an internet-based booster program for patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder: Results from a randomized controlled trial
Karolinska Institute, Sweden; Karolinska Institute, Sweden.
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Karolinska Institute, Sweden; Karolinska Institute, Sweden.
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2015 (English)In: Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders, ISSN 2211-3649, Vol. 4, 14-19 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) is an effective treatment for OCD when delivered face-to-face, in group-format and also via the internet. However, despite overall large effect sizes, a considerable amount of the patients relapse. One intervention that has the potential to reduce these relapse rates is booster programs, but if booster program is a cost-effective method of preventing relapse is still unknown. We used health economical data from a recent randomized controlled trial, where patients who had undergone an internet-based CBT were randomly allocated to receive an additional booster program. Assessment points were 4-, 7-, 12- and 24-month. Health economical data were primarily analyzed using a societal perspective. Results showed that the booster program was effective in preventing relapse, and the cost of one avoided relapse was estimated to $1066-1489. Cost-effectiveness acceptability curves showed that the booster program had a 90% probability of being cost-effective given a willingness to pay of $1000-1050 the first year, but this figure grew considerably after two years ($2500-5500). We conclude that internet-based booster programs are probably a cost-effective alternative within one-year time frame and that more treatment may be needed to maintain adequate cost-effectiveness up to two years. (C) 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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Elsevier , 2015. Vol. 4, 14-19 p.
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Cognitive behavior therapy; Obsessive-compulsive disorder; Internet; Relapse prevention; Booster; Cost-effectiveness
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Basic Medicine
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-114591DOI: 10.1016/j.jocrd.2014.10.002ISI: 000348634000003OAI: diva2:791439

Funding Agencies|Stockholm County Council; Karolinska Institutet; Swedish Research Council [K2013-61X-22168-01-3]; Swedish Society of Medicine [SLS-156201]

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