Table 5

Costs of the telephone intervention per woman for each randomised group

Proactive calls (intervention n=35)Reactive calls (control n=34)Non-trial women
Mean time per woman (h, min)Mean cost per woman (£)Mean time per woman (h, min)Mean cost per woman (£)Mean time per woman (h, min)Mean cost per woman (£)
Helping women to breast feed on the ward1 h, 3 min15.131 h, 3 min15.1326 min7.40
Telephone calls for 14 days after discharge2544 min10.8514 s*0.09NANA
Case notes discussion as part of care62 min15.2724 min5.91NANA
Research activities3 h, 26 min56.223 h, 26 min56.22NANA
Total cost of providing care activities41.2521.13
Total cost (including activities conducted for research purposes)97.4777.35
  • * Only one call was made by the reactive group lasting 8 min.25