Objective: This study aimed to conduct an economic evaluation of the Communicating Healthy Beginnings Advice by Telephone (CHAT) trial to prevent childhood obesity.
Methods: Cost-effectiveness analyses were conducted for the telephone and short message service (SMS) delivery of Healthy Beginnings advice, compared with usual care, which included child health services unrelated to Healthy Beginnings. Costs were valued in 2018 Australian dollars, and costs and outcomes were discounted at 5% per year. The costs of upscaling both delivery modes to all yearly births in New South Wales, Australia, were estimated and compared with the original Healthy Beginnings home-visiting intervention.
Results: At child age 2 years, the SMS delivery was more cost-effective ($5154 per unit BMI and $979 per 0.1 BMI z score units avoided) than the telephone delivery ($10,665 per unit BMI and $2017 per 0.1 BMI z score units avoided). The costs of upscaling the SMS ($7.64 million) and the telephone delivery modes ($37.65 million) were lower than the home-visiting intervention ($108.45 million).
Conclusions: SMS delivery of Healthy Beginnings advice was more cost-effective than telephone delivery but less cost-effective than the original home-visiting approach ($4230 per unit BMI avoided, as calculated in an earlier study). Both the SMS and telephone interventions were more affordable than the home-visiting approach.
|Number of pages||9|
|Early online date||27 Sep 2022|
|Publication status||Published - Nov 2022|
- Early childhood obesity prevention
- Communicating Healthy Beginnings Advice by Telephone (CHAT)
- Economic evaluation
- Pediatric Obesity