Table 1

Summary results of cost effectiveness of 3 smoking cessation interventions
Compared to “no intervention” Effectiveness Duration of intervention Incremental cost Incremental QALYs (*) ICER (**)
Brief Intervention (BA) 3% 3 minutes of GP time - £12 0.01 Dom (***)
BA + self help material + NRT (****) + specialist clinic 15% 4 mins GP time + self help material + NRT + clinic costs - £115 0.15 Dom
Nicotine patch + pharmacist + behavioural programme 35% NRT for 5 weeks + 5 pharmacist consultations + 5 behavioural clinic visits - £222 0.30 Dom

Source: adapted from [8].

(*) QALY = Quality Adjusted Life Year: a measure capturing both length of life and health state preference adjusted quality of life.

(**) ICER = Incremental Cost Effectiveness Ratio: shows the extra cost of producing one extra QALY for this intervention as compared with no intervention.

(***) Dom = Dominant: A dominant result occurs when the net cost of the intervention is both lower than that of the comparator (in this case no intervention) and also produces more output (QALYs). A dominant result is unambiguously more cost effective.

(****) Nicotine Replacement Therapy.

Cohen et al.

Cohen et al. BMC Public Health 2013 13:390   doi:10.1186/1471-2458-13-390

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