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Clinical and programmatic costs of implementing colorectal cancer screening: Evaluation of five programs

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  • Subramanian, Sujha
  • Tangka, Florence K.L.
  • Hoover, Sonja
  • DeGroff, Amy
  • Royalty, Janet
  • Seeff, Laura C.

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Background The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) initiated the Colorectal Cancer Screening Demonstration Program (CRCSDP) in 2005 to explore the feasibility of establishing a colorectal cancer screening program for underserved US populations. We provide a detailed overview of the evaluation and an assessment of the costs incurred during the service delivery (screening) phase of the program.Methods Tailored cost questionnaires were completed by staff at the five CRCSDP sites for the first 2 years of the program. We collected cost data for clinical and programmatic activities (program management, data collection and tracking, etc.). We also measured in-kind contributions and assigned values to them.Results During the first 2 years of the demonstration excluding the start-up cost, the average cost per person was $2569. Per person cost of clinical services alone ranged from $264 to $1385, while per person programmatic costs ranged from $545 to $3017.Conclusion Colorectal cancer screening programs can incur substantial costs for some non-clinical activities, such as data collection/tracking, and these support activities should be managed carefully to control costs and ensure successful program implementation. Our findings highlight the importance of performing economic evaluation to guide the design of future colorectal cancer screening programs.

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  • Subramanian, Sujha & Tangka, Florence K.L. & Hoover, Sonja & DeGroff, Amy & Royalty, Janet & Seeff, Laura C., 2011. "Clinical and programmatic costs of implementing colorectal cancer screening: Evaluation of five programs," Evaluation and Program Planning, Elsevier, vol. 34(2), pages 147-153, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:epplan:v:34:y:2011:i:2:p:147-153
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    1. Subramanian, Sujha & Ekwueme, Donatus U. & Gardner, James G. & Bapat, Bela & Kramer, Caren, 2008. "Identifying and controlling for program-level differences in comparative cost analysis: Lessons from the economic evaluation of the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program," Evaluation and Program Planning, Elsevier, vol. 31(2), pages 136-144, May.
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