An economic evaluation of a computer-tailored e-learning program to promote smoking cessation counseling guideline adherence among practice nurses

Dennis de Ruijter*, Ciska Hoving, Silvia Evers, Raesita Hudales, Hein de Vries, Eline Smit

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Abstract

Objective: To conduct an economic evaluation of a tailored e-learning program, which successfully improved practice nurses' smoking cessation guideline adherence.

Methods: The economic evaluation was embedded in a randomized controlled trial, in which 269 practice nurses recruited 388 smoking patients. Cost-effectiveness was assessed using guideline adherence as effect measure on practice nurse level, and continued smoking abstinence on patient level. Cost-utility was assessed on patient level, using patients' Quality Adjusted Life Years (QALYs) as effect measure.

Results: The e-learning program was likely to be cost-effective on practice nurse level, as adherence to an additional guideline step cost (sic)1,586. On patient level, cost-effectiveness was slightly likely after six months (cost per additional quitter: (sic)7,126), but not after twelve months. The cost-utility analysis revealed slight cost-effectiveness (cost per QALY gained: (sic)18,431) on patient level.

Conclusion: Providing practice nurses with a tailored e-learning program is cost-effective to improve their smoking cessation counseling. Though, cost-effectiveness on patient level was not found after twelve months, potentially resulting from smoking relapse.

Practice implications: Widespread implementation of the e-learning program can improve the quality of smoking cessation care in general practice. Strategies to prevent patients' smoking relapse should be further explored to improve patients' long-term abstinence. (C) 2019 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1802-1811
Number of pages10
JournalPatient Education and Counseling
Volume102
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2019
EventInternational Conference on Communication in Healthcare (ICCH) - Porto, Portugal
Duration: 1 Sep 20184 Sep 2018

Keywords

  • Economic evaluation
  • E-learning
  • Tailoring
  • Practice nurses
  • Smoking cessation
  • Evidence-Based guideline
  • Guideline adherence
  • General practice
  • COST-EFFECTIVENESS ANALYSIS
  • RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED-TRIAL
  • PRIMARY-CARE
  • RELAPSE-PREVENTION
  • GENERAL-PRACTITIONERS
  • STOP SMOKING
  • HEALTH-CARE
  • IMPLEMENTATION
  • INTERVENTIONS

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