Cost-effectiveness of post-transplantation quality of life intervention among kidney recipients

Cyril F. Chang, Rebecca P. Winsett, A. Osama Gaber, Donna K. Hathaway

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Background: The purpose was to demonstrate the cost-effectiveness of an experimental post-transplant care program designed to improve kidney transplant recipients' quality of life (QoL). The intervention program integrated a three-pronged interdisciplinary approach emphasizing: (i) proactive, patient-initiated care to prevent transplant-related morbidities, (ii) employment/vocational counseling, and (iii) enhancement of social support. Methods: A cost-effectiveness analysis of a clinical trial was performed comparing QoL and costs in two groups: a retrospective cohort (n = 30) and those who received the experimental interventions (n = 150). Data were collected at baseline, 6 and 12 months. The number of quality-adjusted 'treatment-free days' was used as the primary outcome. The costs included those for direct intervention, direct inpatient and outpatient post-transplant health care, and indirect out-of-pocket expenses borne by patients. Results: Patients in the intervention group had more quality-adjusted treatment-free days (289 vs. 272 and statistically significant) and lower cost per patient (although not statistically significant). Further, the superior outcome was delivered at an incremental cost of $29 per quality-adjusted treatment-free day. A one-way sensitivity analysis confirmed the robustness of the results. Conclusion: The experimental post-transplant care program is both effective and cost-effective; the superior results are attributed to improved QoL.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)407-414
Number of pages8
JournalClinical Transplantation
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 2004


  • Cost-effectiveness
  • Incremental cost-effectiveness ratio
  • Quality of life
  • Renal transplant

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Transplantation
  • Immunology


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