Program Evaluation Resources for Modeling and Costs

Updated November 9, 2021

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The NCHHSTP Epidemiologic and Economic Modeling Agreement (NEEMA) supports a wide range of modeling activities and interactive tools, including those that estimate:

  • Projections of Morbidity and Mortality
  • Burden and Costs of Diseases
  • Costs and Cost-effectiveness of Interventions
  • Population-level Program Impact
  • Optimized Resource Allocation

 


Resources for Modeling & Costs

Multiple tools are available for public use to help estimate the costs to public health programs for different interventions. A recent summary categorizes and describes some of those tools.

  • Contreary K, Chen ZA, Chattopadhyay S, Chang MH. A review of tools to calculate the cost of health conditions and common health risk factors. J Public Health Manage Pract 2015;21:E1–10. (Abstract available at https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25581273external icon)

 


A Tool to Estimate Costs and Savings of Tuberculosis Directly Observed Therapy using Video

A Tool to Estimate Costs and Savings of Tuberculosis Directly Observed Therapy using Video

Has your TB control program asked the questions?

  • What is the cost of starting a new video directly observed
    therapy (video DOT) program?

CDC developed the video DOT Costing Tool to help health departments answer these and other questions about the costs and savings of implementing a video DOT program (also referred to as electronic DOT or eDOT).

The video DOT cost calculator tool is designed to be easy to use. The only requirements to use the tool are the ability to run Microsoft Excel 2007 (or newer) and 3 basic data elements:

  1. the number of patients who use video DOT
  2. the expected cost of the video DOT software platform
  3. whether or not the program will be providing smartphones for patients.

Here’s what users are saying about the video DOT cost calculator tool:

  • “We would like to be able to project costs to implement vDOT into our budget. We are currently starting with a small pilot and would like to use this tool to help inform the future implementation of vDOT…”
  • “Our local health department with the highest TB incidence piloted the tool for several months … they were able to use the system [tool] to identify actual expenses saved by using vDOT.”

To use the tool to estimate or compare video DOT and traditional in-person DOT costs in your TB program, please email your consultation request to TBPEN@cdc.gov. The tool is only available by request.

Development of this tool was based on an economic evaluation of program and patient costs associated with video DOT in a U.S.-based high, medium and low incident setting. This articleexternal icon describes the evaluation in more detail.1

video DOT cost calculator tool

1Garrett R. Beeler Asay, et al. Cost of Tuberculosis Therapy Directly Observed on Video for Health Departments and Patients in New York City; San Francisco, California; and Rhode Island (2017–2018), American Journal of Public Health 110, no. 11 (November 1, 2020): pp. 1696-1703. https://ajph.aphapublications.org/doi/10.2105/AJPH.2020.305877external icon

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