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Table 1 Unit costs for health and social care resource use

From: An exercise intervention to prevent falls in Parkinson’s: an economic evaluation

Resource item Cost Basis of estimate
Primary care
General Practitioner (GP) surgery appointments £36.00 An 11.7 minute consultation
General Practitioner (GP) home visits £58.00 A 23.4 minute visit
Practice nurse (PN) surgery appointments £11.00 A consultation
Community/district nurse (CN) visits £26.00 A home visit
Hospital-based care
*Acute hospital bed days £213.20 A bed day of inpatient rehabilitation for an elderly person (£205 inflated by 1.04)
Day admissions £138.00 A day care service attendance for an elderly person
Accident & Emergency (A&E) attendances £111.00 An A&E treatment
Minor Injury Unit (MIU) attendances £35.00 An attendance at a non 24-hour A&E department/Casualty department
Outpatient consultant appointments £55.00 A first-attendance appointment
£71.00 A follow-up attendance appointment
^Parkinson’s Disease specialist nurse (PDNS) appointments £15.00 A 15 minute consultation (using ‘Nurse advanced [includes lead specialist, clinical nurse specialist, senior specialist])
^Parkinson’s Disease specialist nurse (PDNS) visits £16.66 A 25 minute home visit (using ‘Nurse advanced [includes lead specialist, clinical nurse specialist, senior specialist]) at £40/hour
Social care
Social worker/community care manager assessments £414.00 An hour of face-to-face contact = £138 Average length of contact (from DCC info provided to QAQoL) = 3hours
Hours of home care (per hour) £19.30 One hour of local authority organized home care
Hours of day care (per hour) £11.66 A session = £35
Estimated 3 hours per session
Days of residential care (per day) £136.86 Local authority care package for a short-term resident week = £958
Days of nursing care (per day) £93.71 Private care package cost for a short-term resident week = £656
  1. † The unit costs of resource items were identified using 2008 cost data from the Personal Social Services Research Unit (Curtis, 2008).
  2. * No 2008 cost data were available for acute hospital bed days, so the PSSRU 2007 cost was inflated for this item (Curtis, 2007).
  3. ^ No unit cost data were available for PDNS care, so the PSSRU 2008 costs for a ‘Nurse advanced (includes lead specialist, clinical nurse specialist, senior specialist) were used, as these relate to the same NHS pay band (Band 7) as PDNS, quoted by NICE 2006.