Patrick McNees PhD, FAAN and Karen Meneses PhD, RN, FAAN
The Cost Effectiveness of the RBCS Intervention
Patrick McNees PhD, FAAN and Karen Meneses PhD, RN, FAAN were awarded an R01 from the National Institute of Nursing Research (R01NR; 2009-2012) to determine the cost-effectiveness of the telephone-supported Rural Breast Cancer Survivors (RBCS) Intervention.
The development and validation of effective medical and health-related interventions have been longstanding targets of intervention research and intervention researchers. However, the average amount currently spent on every American exceeds $7,000 per year. This amount continues to increase and consume an ever-increasing proportion of the gross national product. The trend must be changed. The R01 titled, “Cost Effectiveness of the Rural Breast Cancer Survivor Intervention Package” seeks to determine the cost-effectiveness of the telephone-supported Rural Breast Cancer Survivors (RBCS) Intervention (a psychoeducational support intervention) compared to the usual care among rural breast cancer survivors. The specific aims of the project are to: (2)determine the cost of implementing the RBCS; (3) determine the impact of participating in the RBCS on (a) health care utilization, (b) cost of care and (c) participant out-of-pocket costs, and; (4) determine the incremental cost effectiveness of the RBCS compared to usual care. Study results will not only allow better determinations of the costs of maintaining the intervention package as a service and the specific effects on participants, but also will provide important cost-effectiveness data to better inform consumers, payers and policy.
Meneses, K., Azuero, A., Hassey, L., McNees, P., & Pisu, M. (2012). Does economic burden influence quality of life in breast cancer survivors? Gynecol Oncol,124 (3) 437-43.
Pisu, M., Azuero, A., Meneses, K., Burkhardt, J., & McNees, P. (2011). Out of pocket cost comparison between Caucasian and minority breast cancer survivors in the Breast Cancer Education Intervention (BCEI). Breast Cancer Res Treat, 127 (2), 521-529.
The Breast Cancer Education Intervention (BCEI) developed by Karen Meneses PhD, RN, FAAN and Patrick McNees PhD, FAAN is now posted on the Research-tested Intervention Programs (RTIPs) Web site, sponsored by the National Institutes of Health and the National Cancer Institute.