Economic evaluation of a community health worker- led health literacy intervention to promote cancer screening among Korean American women

Anne L.R. Schuster, Kevin D. Frick, Bo Yun Huh, Kim B. Kim, Miyong Kim, Hae Ra Han

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Abstract

Objective. The study’s objectives were to calculate the costs and evaluate the cost- effectiveness of implementing a health literacy- focused intervention to promote breast and cervical cancer screenings among Korean American women overdue for these tests. Methods. Researchers estimated the costs of a cluster- randomized controlled trial that evaluated this intervention. Effectiveness was measured as the number of breast or cervical cancer screenings received by women in either the intervention and control arms of the study. Cost- effectiveness was calculated as the incremental cost of each additional screening received by the intervention group. Results. Comparing the intervention and control group, the incremental cost- effectiveness ratio was estimated to be US$236 per screening, without program development costs. Conclusion. These findings suggest this program, when compared with others, offered a more cost- effective approach for promoting cancer screening. Local health officials could use this information to guide decisions about reducing cancer disparities among recent immigrant women.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)431-440
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of health care for the poor and underserved
Volume26
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2015

Keywords

  • Community health workers
  • Cost effectiveness
  • Costs
  • Health literacy
  • Korean American

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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