Cost effectiveness of nurse case management compared with an existing system of care
AuthorDoerge, Jean Boehm, 1951-
Committee ChairAlexander, Mary
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractThe study evaluated the cost-effectiveness of community based Nurse Case Management (NCM) utilizing existing hospital information systems data. Program outcomes of intensive NCM were compared with those of existing hospital programs for a group at high risk for readmission. Thirty-one elderly patients were assigned to one of three groups. A retrospective pretest-posttest design was used and multivariate analyses were performed. Outcomes were measured at six month intervals before and after NCM. The intensive NCM group had a higher length of stay and inpatient costs than the other two groups. Direct costs of NCM were estimated at $1.55 per active case per day. The study found that cost-effectiveness of NCM cannot be determined accurately unless health risk assessments are quantified, NCM is clearly translated into categories of intervention, and direct costs of NCM are measured consistently. These factors must be integrated into routine hospital information system reports.
Degree ProgramGraduate College