OBJECTIVE- The Diabetes Care Protocol (DCP), a multifaceted computerized decision support diabetes management intervention, reduces cardiovascular risk of type 2 diabetic patients. We performed a cost-effectiveness analysis of DCP from a Dutch health care perspective. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS- A cluster randomized trial provided data of DCP versus usual care. The 1-year follow-up patient data were extrapolated using a modified Dutch microsimulation diabetes model, computing individual lifetime health-related costs, and health effects. Incremental costs and effectiveness (quality-adjusted life-years [QALYs]) were estimated using multivariate generalized estimating equations to correct for practice-level clustering and confounding. Incremental cost-effectiveness ratios (ICERs) were calculated and cost-effectiveness acceptability curves were created. Stroke costs were calculated separately. Subgroup analyses examined patients with and without cardiovascular disease (CVD+ or CVD-patients, respectively). RESULTS- Excluding stroke, DCP patients lived longer (0.14 life-years, P = NS), experienced more QALYs (0.037, P=NS), and incurred higher total costs (€1,415, P=NS), resulting in an ICER of €38,243 per QALY gained. The likelihood of cost-effectiveness given a willingnessto-pay threshold of €20,000 per QALY gained is 30%. DCP had a more favorable effect on CVD+ patients (ICER=€14,814) than for CVD-patients (ICER=€121,285). Coronary heart disease costs were reduced (€-587, P < 0.05). CONCLUSIONS- DCP reduces cardiovascular risk, resulting in only a slight improvement in QALYs, lower CVD costs, but higher total costs, with a high cost-effectiveness ratio. Cost-effective care can be achieved by focusing on cardiovascular risk factors in type 2 diabetic patients with a history of CVD.

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Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.2337/dc09-1232, hdl.handle.net/1765/61848
Journal Diabetes Care
Cleveringa, F.G.W, Welsing, P.M.J, van den Donk, M, Gorter, K.J, Niessen, L.W, Rutten, G.E.H.M, & Redekop, W.K. (2010). Cost-effectiveness of the diabetes care protocol, a multifaceted computerized decision support diabetes management intervention that reduces cardiovascular risk. Diabetes Care, 33(2), 258–263. doi:10.2337/dc09-1232