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Table 1 Methods of identification of costs in the study

From: Community-based DOTS and family member DOTS for TB control in Nepal: costs and cost-effectiveness

Costs Notes Identification method Source of data
Health Systems costs
   Staff salaries Includes only the proportion of annual salary of staff attributable to TB Salary rate for this category of staff (net salary per day) × annual days attributable to TB Facility financial records Semi-structured questionnaire
   Training Includes monitoring and supervision Cost of training for this intervention as a proportion of the total cost of training for each facility number of training courses in the study sites (for regional level) Facility records Semi-structured questionnaire
   Medicines   NTP estimates of medicine costs per patient × Total number of patients in the study sites Tuberculosis Control in Nepal 2055–2060 (1998–2003), Long Term Plan; Annual Report of TB Control Program Nepal, 2058/2059 (2001/2002) Facility records (for No of patients)
   Transportation Includes transportation of medicines and laboratory supplies. Total cost of transportation Facility records
   Utilities   Total cost of utilities × time for TB programme (e.g. 1/3 for regional level) Facility records Semi-structured questionnaire
   Others Includes supplies, logistics, social mobilisation through DOTS committees   Facility records Semi-structured questionnaire
Social costs
   Direct costs Includes treatment and travel charges Number of visits × travel and consultation charges Semi-structured questionnaire
   Opportunity costs Includes costs for time lost due to involvement in the scheme Standardised daily rate for unskilled labour (NRs 85/day) × time lost due to involvement in the scheme Semi-structured questionnaire
   Other costs Includes miscellaneous expenses such as refreshments while in the treatment centre Patients and supervisors' recollection of any other expenses Semi-structured questionnaire