Cost effectiveness of primary care referral to a commercial provider for weight loss treatment, relative to standard care: a modelled lifetime analysis.
BACKGROUND: Because of the high prevalence of overweight and obesity, there is a need to identify cost-effective approaches for weight loss in primary care and community settings. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the long-term cost effectiveness of a commercial weight loss programme (Weight Watchers) (CP) compared with standard care (SC), as defined by national guidelines. METHODS: A Markov model was developed to calculate the incremental cost-effectiveness ratio (ICER), expressed as the cost per quali...Expand abstract
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