Table 5

Resource use in a colon cancer follow-up programme

Cost variableSurgeon n=55GP n=55Total n=110
nn/cyclecost/cyclenn/cyclecost/cyclenn/cyclecost/cycle
Follow-up months9038971800
Hospital travels   
 Car1890.62*1130.37*3020.50*
 Taxi370.12220.07590.09
 Bus960.31330.111290.21
 Airplane0080.0280.01
 Express boat430.14120.04550.09
 Extra travel owing to poor logistics1040.34520.171560.26
 Travel assistant590.19100.03690.11
 Hotel70.021.7 (11)80.022.0 (12)150.021.8 (11.6)
 Total528*1.75250*0.83778*1.29
 Mean cost £ (SD)156.9 (145.0)76.7 (160.1, p<0.001)117.1 (157.7)
GP office travels   
 Car1550.513171.064720.78
 Taxi70.02140.05210.03
 Bus170.06350.12520.08
 Travel assistant00150.05150.02
 Total1790.593811.275600.93
 Mean cost £ (SD)4.1 (7.9)9.0 (9.1, p<0.001)6.6 (8.9)
Out-of-pocket expenses
 Mean cost £ (SD)2.7 (7.7)4.3 (15.0, p=0.10)3.5 (11.9)
Healthcare contacts   
 GP consultations1560.529.6 (17.8)3291.1020.6 (19.9)4850.8015.1 (19.6)
 GP phone consultation610.201.0 (3.9)940.311.7 (4.3)1550.251.4 (4.1)
 GP emergency consultations230.081.9 (12.2)370.123.2 (14.4)600.12.6 (13.3)
 Surgeon outpatient consultations2270.7552.3 (93.8)1850.6143.3 (104.1)4120.6847.8 (99.0)
 Surgeon phone consultations410.141.45 (5.7)330.111.2 (4.4)740.121.32 (5.1)
 Total5081.686782.2611861.97
 Mean cost £ (SD)66.4 (100.1)70.1 (112.2, p=0.67)68.2 (106.1}
NGICG follow-up tests   
 Blood samples2030.673.3 (5.1)3001.05.1 (6.8)5030.834.2 (6.0)
 Chest x-ray1500.5012.2 (12.2)1280.4310.6 (12.1)2780.4611.4 (12.2)
 CEUS1100.3756.2 (74.0)990.3351 (72.5)2090.3453.8 (73.2)
 Colonoscopy500.1749.2 (110.3)650.2265.1 (122)1150.1957.1 (116.7)
 Total5131.705921.9711051.84
 Mean cost £ (SD)121.1 (152.8)132.2 (166.7, p=0.39)126.6 (159.8)
Work loss 
 Patients in paid work (n)171229
 Days off work mean (SD)215 (168)198 (190, p=0.79)208 (219)
 Mean cost £ (SD)‡2440 (1906)1884 (2092, p=0.45)2086 (2014)
Serious clinical events
 Number of events222648
 Mean cost £ (SD)§261.6 (157.7)573.1 (838.9, p=0.14}444.0 (662.4)
Metastases surgeries
 Cancer recurrences8614
 Metastases surgeries437
 Mean cost £ (SD)¶9037.2 (5117.5)13316.0 (1489.0, p=0.22)10871.0 (4366.3)
  • *Mean travel cost for hospital travels (see table 2).

  • †Values calculated with a median distance general practitioner office 30 km.

  • ‡Value represents the mean cost (SD) relating to the subsample (surgeon) who were in paid work at the time of surgical treatment.

  • §Value represent the mean cost (SD) of work-up tests (CEA, chest x-ray, colonoscopy) relating to the subsample who experienced a serious clinical event.

  • ¶Value represent the mean cost (SD) relating to the subsample (surgeon) who performed metastases surgery.

  • CEUS, contrast-enhanced liver ultrasound; GP, general practitioner; NGICG, Norwegian Gastrointestinal Cancer Group.