Cost-Effectiveness of Care Coordination for Children With Chronic Noncomplex Medical Conditions: Results From a Multicenter Randomized Clinical Trial

Nov 1, 2022, 00:00 AM
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To assess the cost-effectiveness of care coordination, compared with standard care, for children with chronic noncomplex medical conditions.


A total of 81 children aged between 2 and 15 years newly diagnosed with a noncomplex chronic condition were randomized to either care coordination or standard care as part of a multicenter randomized controlled trial. Families receiving care coordination were provided access to an Allied Health Liaison Officer, who facilitated family-centered healthcare access across hospital, education, primary care, and community sectors. Costs were estimated over a 12-month period from the perspective of the Australian health system. Health outcomes were valued as quality-adjusted life-years (QALYs). Caregiver productivity costs were included in an alternative base-case analysis, and key assumptions were tested in a series of one-way sensitivity analyses. A probabilistic sensitivity analysis was conducted to investigate the overall impact of uncertainty in the data.


Children in the intervention arm incurred an average of $17 in additional health system costs (95% confidence interval −3861 to 1558) and gained an additional 0.031 QALYs (95% confidence interval −0.29 to 0.092) over 12 months, producing an incremental cost-effectiveness ratio of $548 per QALY. When uncertainty was considered, there was a 73% likelihood that care coordination was cost-effective from a health system perspective, assuming a willingness to pay of $50 000 per QALY. This increased to 78% when caregiver productivity costs were included.


Care coordination is likely to be a cost-effective intervention for children with chronic noncomplex medical conditions in the Australian healthcare setting.
HEOR Topics :
  • Cost-comparison, Effectiveness, Utility, Benefit Analysis
  • Decision Modeling & Simulation
  • Economic Evaluation
  • Health Service Delivery & Process of Care
  • Hospital and Clinical Practices
  • Pediatrics
  • Specific Diseases & Conditions
  • Study Approaches
Tags :
  • attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder
  • autism
  • economic evaluation
  • integrated care
  • pediatric
Regions :
  • Asia Pacific (including Oceania)