A cost comparison study to review community versus acute hospital models of nursing care delivered to oncology patients

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O'Mahony, Cian
Murphy, Kevin D.
O'Brien, Gary L.
Aherne, Joe
Hanan, Terry
Mullen, Louise
Keane, Maccon
Donnellan, Paul
Davey, Claire
Browne, Helen
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Purpose: Ireland's Sláintecare health plan is placing an increased focus on primary care. A community oncology nursing programme was developed to train community nurses to deliver care in the community. While the initial pilot was proven to be clinically safe, no cost evaluation was carried out. This study aims to compare the costs of providing cancer support services in a day-ward versus in the community. Methods: 183 interventions (40 in day-ward and 143 in community) were timed and costed using healthcare professional salaries and the Human Capital method. Results: From the healthcare provider perspective, the day-ward was a significantly cheaper option by an average of €17.13 (95% CI €13.72 - €20.54, p < 0.001). From the societal perspective, the community option was cheaper by an average of €2.77 (95% CI -€3.02 – €8.55), although this was a non-significant finding. Sensitivity analyses indicate that the community service may be significantly cheaper from the societal perspective. Conclusions: Given the demand for cost-viable options for primary care services, this programme may represent a national option for cancer care in Ireland when viewed from the societal perspective.
Cancer , Cost analysis , Micro-costing , Community cancer care , Primary care
O'Mahony, C., Murphy, K. D., O'Brien, G. L., Aherne, J., Hanan, T., Mullen, L., Keane, M., Donnellan, P., Davey, C., Browne, H., Malee, K. and Byrne, S. (2020) 'A cost comparison study to review community versus acute hospital models of nursing care delivered to oncology patients', European Journal of Oncology Nursing, 101842 (8pp), doi: 10.1016/j.ejon.2020.101842