Table 2

Cost of health care services and non-NHS expenditures related to CFS/ME at each follow up, by treatment group (mean, sd)*
Week 0 to 20 Week 44 to 70
Pragmatic rehabilitation Supportive listening Treatment as usual Pragmatic rehabilitation Supportive listening Treatment as usual
NHS costs of CFS/ME Mean £,N=85 sd Mean £, N=97 sd Mean £,N=92 sd Mean £,N=81 sd mean £, N=90 sd Mean £, N=86 sd
Inpatient 7 (63) 84 (345) 63 (357) 54 (367) 93 (512) 34 (144)
Outpatient 126 (239) 192 (415) 199 (460) 210 (388) 213 (437) 174 (246)
Accident & Emergency 17 (56) 24 (67) 11 (40) 10 (47) 16 (49) 19 (63)
Daycase surgery 10 (93) 18 (122) 56 (212) 63 (225) 104 (309) 50 (201)
Day facility 15 (104) 3 (14) 21 (151) 13 (82) 6 (42) 0 (0)
General practicioner (GP) 89 (118) 112 (142) 129 (169) 218 (1142) 157 (252) 158 (308)
GP home visit 12 (57) 7 (44) 5 (24) 12 (80) 13 (75) 5 (50)
Practice nurse 1 (5) 2 (7) 8 (32) 2 (8) 6 (15) 7 (27)
Occupational therapy 10 (52) 6 (35) 1 (6) 0 (0) 4 (28) 0 (0)
District nurse 0 (0) 4 (39) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0)
Physiotherapy 4 (26) 16 (112) 3 (28) 0 (0) 1 (8) 10 (76)
Phlebotomy 76 (208) 51 (127) 90 (252) 77 (194) 109 (237) 130 (238)
Medications 99 (171) 138 (182) 143 (246) 127 (245) 194 (293) 117 (171)
Total NHS cost of CFS/ME during the follow up period (excluding PR/SL intervention) 468 (639) 655 (750) 739 (974) 789 (1390) 916 (1156) 710 (814)
Mean cost per person per week of CFS/ME to NHS (excluding PR/SL intervention) 23 33 37 30 35 27
Cost of pragmatic rehabilitation and supportive listening interventions 577 (219) 517 (224) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0)
Non-NHS costs of CFS/ME
Informal care (**) 2096 (4172) 3538 (6016) 2426 (3791) 2816 (4311) 2339 (3930) 3102 (4221)
Private expenditure 145 (306) 1343 (11086) 260 (452) 455 (1367) 321 (894) 315 (932)
Lost earnings 2601 (6460) 4661 (15215) 3450 (7459) 5562 (8776) 3494 (8509) 3321 (5285)

*product of unit cost and resource use. Thus relevant resource use is obtained by dividing number in table 2 by relevant number in Table 1.

** Informal care has been costed at an hourly rate equivalent to a home help. PR Pragmatic rehabilitation SL Supportive Listening.

Richardson et al.

Richardson et al. BMC Family Practice 2013 14:12   doi:10.1186/1471-2296-14-12

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