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Table 3 Cost analysis by strategies of counseling post-discharge

From: Text messaging interventions to support smoking cessation among hospitalized patients in Brazil: a randomized comparative effectiveness clinical trial

Analysis Text messages interventions Telephone calls p
Quantity per patient 14 a 30 4  
Monthly cost of telephone company R$ 22.50
U$5.51
R$ 69.90
U$17.13
p < 0,001
Average time 1 message- 0.5 min 1 call- 4.7 min  
Average number of retries per approach 1 3.15  
Time spent on unsuccessful attempts per patient 0 min 8 min  
Health worker’s minute value 1 R$ 0.77
U$ 0.18
R$ 0.77
U$ 0.18
 
Average time per patient 7/15 minutes2 26.8 minutes3  
Total cost per patient R$ 5.39 / R$ 11.55
U$ 1.32/2.83
R$ 20.63
U$ 5.06
p < 0.001
Cost total per group (200 participants) R$ 2.310.00 R$ 4.126.00  
Cost per abstinent participant in last 7 days with 30 days of follow-up (61 participants)
R$ 37.87
U$9.28
(52 participants)
R$ 79.34
U$19,45
p < 0.001
  1. 1According to Table of Salaries of Civil Federal Civil Servants of Jan 2019 –Education Technicians Category E (undergraduate level)
  2. 2Referring to 15 messages for the least motivated group and 30 messages for the group motivated for cessation
  3. 3Sum of call times completed, and average spent on unsuccessful attempts per patient