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Table 2 Intervention components and unit costs for usual smoking-cessation (USC) and USC plus genetic test

From: Within a smoking-cessation program, what impact does genetic information on lung cancer need to have to demonstrate cost-effectiveness?

    Qty Unit cost 2009 AU$ Source
USC (NRT with telephone counselling)     
1 GP visit Standard 5-25 minutes 1 21.00 21.00 [6] MBS item 53
2 Patches 1st step - 21 mg/6 pkts 6 47.95 287.70 Retail pharmacy1
  (10 weeks) 2nd step - 14 mg/2 pkts 2 27.95 55.90  
   3rd step - 7 mg/2 pkts 2 27.95 55.90  
3 Phone counselling Initial + 4 sessions 5 75.74 378.70 DVA, $119.75 initial then $83.70/hr
4 Booklet Self-help materials 1 2.90 2.90 [6]
     Total 802.10  
USC + Genetic test     
1 USC as above     802.10  
2 Clinic visit Standard 5-25 minutes 2 21.00 42.00 MBS online schedule, item 53
3 Test Blood sample, transfer to lab and analysis 1 311.00 311.00 [13]
4 Test booklet Explains results of gene test 1 2.90 2.90 Assumption - same for quit booklet
     Total 1158.00  
  1. 1. Price is based on the sale price at a large, urban pharmacy in Brisbane, AUD in 2008. Prices will vary according to conditions and place of purchase (e.g., online pharmacy suppliers vs. neighbourhood pharmacies). Note that the choice of the appropriate price does not impact on the results from the cost effectiveness analysis as the cost is common to both arms of the model.
  2. 2. Abbreviations: USC - usual smoking cessation, NRT - nicotine replacement therapy, MBS - Medicare Benefits Schedule, DVA - Department of Veteran's Affairs, pkts - packets