The Cost-effectiveness of an Adapted Community-based Aerobic Walking Program for Individuals with Mild or Moderate Osteoarthritis of the Knee

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Title: The Cost-effectiveness of an Adapted Community-based Aerobic Walking Program for Individuals with Mild or Moderate Osteoarthritis of the Knee
Authors: De Angelis, Gino
Date: 2012
Abstract: This thesis investigated the cost-effectiveness of a 12-month supervised aerobic walking program with or without a behavioural intervention and an educational pamphlet, compared to an unsupervised/self-directed educational pamphlet intervention, among individuals with moderate osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee. Analyses included an economic evaluation to assess the cost effectiveness of the two walking interventions from both the societal and Canadian provincial/territorial health care payer perspectives. A value of information analysis exploring the potential value of future research was also performed. Results revealed that the unsupervised/self-directed intervention was the most cost-effective approach given that it cost the least to implement and participants had higher quality-adjusted life years (QALYs). Walking, either supervised in a community setting, or unsupervised in a setting such as the home, may be a favourable non-pharmacological option for the management of OA of the knee. The thesis concludes with a policy discussion relating to the funding of non-pharmacological therapies.
URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10393/23129
http://dx.doi.org/10.20381/ruor-5297
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