A cost analysis of implementing a behavioral weight loss intervention in community mental health settings: Results from the ACHIEVE trial

Ellen M. Janssen, Gerald J. Jerome, Arlene T. Dalcin, Joseph V. Gennusa, Stacy Goldsholl, Kevin D. Frick, Nae Yuh Wang, Lawrence J. Appel, Gail L. Daumit

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Objective: In the ACHIEVE randomized controlled trial, an 18-month behavioral intervention accomplished weight loss in persons with serious mental illness who attended community psychiatric rehabilitation programs. This analysis estimates costs for delivering the intervention during the study. It also estimates expected costs to implement the intervention more widely in a range of community mental health programs. Methods: Using empirical data, costs were calculated from the perspective of a community psychiatric rehabilitation program delivering the intervention. Personnel and travel costs were calculated using time sheet data. Rent and supply costs were calculated using rent per square foot and intervention records. A univariate sensitivity analysis and an expert-informed sensitivity analysis were conducted. Results: With 144 participants receiving the intervention and a mean weight loss of 3.4kg, costs of $95 per participant per month and $501 per kilogram lost in the trial were calculated. In univariate sensitivity analysis, costs ranged from $402 to $725 per kilogram lost. Through expert-informed sensitivity analysis, it was estimated that rehabilitation programs could implement the intervention for $68 to $85 per client per month. Conclusions: Costs of implementing the ACHIEVE intervention were in the range of other intensive behavioral weight loss interventions. Wider implementation of efficacious lifestyle interventions in community mental health settings will require adequate funding mechanisms.

LanguageEnglish (US)
JournalObesity
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StateAccepted/In press - 2017

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Weight Loss
Mental Health
Costs and Cost Analysis
Community Psychiatry
Life Style
Rehabilitation
Randomized Controlled Trials

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  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Endocrinology
  • Nutrition and Dietetics

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