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Table 3 Cost data collection of 3 different methods

From: Study protocol of an equivalence randomized controlled trial to evaluate the effectiveness of three different approaches to collecting Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) data using the Prostate Cancer Outcomes Registry-Victoria (PCOR-VIC)

  Telephone Mail (Postal service) E-mail
Personnel time cost (Time to contact and complete patient surveys, as well as administrative tasks such as filing forms, data entry, and checking patient data) Spread sheet to keep the time of the data collection staff Spread sheet to keep the time of the data collection staff Spread sheet to keep the time of the data collection staff
Training cost (Time cost of the trainers and trainee, food costs if any and training materials costs) Yes Yes Yes
Mail (envelope, stamp, mail cost) – printing No Yes No
Email No No No
Telephone costs – all receive initial phone call, plus telephone costs for collection via the telephone. Yes Yes Yes