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Nurse led versus lay educators support for those with asthma in primary care: a costing study

Roberts, Nicola J.; Boyd, Kathleen A.; Briggs, Andrew H.; Caress, Ann L.; Partridge, Martyn R.


Kathleen A. Boyd

Andrew H. Briggs

Ann L. Caress

Martyn R. Partridge


Regular review and support for asthma self-management is promoted in guidelines. A randomised controlled trial suggested that unscheduled health care usage was similar when patients were offered self management support by a lay-trainer or practice nurses.

Following the RCT, a costing study was undertaken using the trial data to account for the cost of delivery of the service under both strategies and the resulting impact on unscheduled healthcare (measure of effectiveness) in this trial.

One year data (n = 418) showed that 29% (61/205) of the nurse group required unscheduled healthcare (177 events) compared with 30.5% (65/213) for lay-trainers (178 events).

The training costs for the lay-trainers were greater than nurses (£36 versus £18 respectively per patient, p<0.001), however, the consultation cost for lay-trainers were lower than nurses (£6 per patient versus £24, p<0.001). If the cost of unscheduled healthcare are accounted for then the costs of nurses is £161, and £135 for lay-trainers (mean difference £25, [95% CI = −£97, £149, p = 0.681]). The total costs (delivery and unscheduled healthcare) were £202 per patient for nurses versus £178 for lay-trainers, (mean difference £24, [95%CI = −£100, £147, p = 0.707]).

There were no significant differences in the cost of training and healthcare delivery between nurse and lay trainers, and no significant difference in the cost of unscheduled health care use.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Aug 22, 2012
Online Publication Date Sep 8, 2012
Publication Date 2012
Deposit Date Aug 30, 2022
Publicly Available Date Jun 28, 2023
Journal BMC Pulmonary Medicine
Publisher BMC
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 12
Issue 1
Article Number 52
Keywords Asthma, Telephone Consultation, Healthcare Utilisation, Practice Nurse, Scenario Analysis
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