Assessing costs of a hypertension management program: An application of the HEARTS costing tool in a program planning workshop in Thailand

Muhammad Jami Husain, Benjamin T. Allaire, Brian Hutchinson, Lalida Ketgudee, Sasamon Srisuthisak, Khanuengnij Yueayai, Nichakul Pisitpayat, Rachel Nugent, Biplab Kumar Datta, Kristy T. Joseph, Deliana Kostova

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Abstract

The HEARTS technical package, a part of the Global Hearts Initiative to improve cardiovascular health globally, is a strategic approach for cardiovascular disease prevention and control at the primary care level. To support the evaluation of costs associated with HEARTS program components, a costing tool was developed to evaluate the incremental cost of program implementation. This report documents an application of the HEARTS costing tool during a costing workshop prior to the initiation of a HEARTS pilot program in Thailand's Phothong District, 2019-2020. During the workshop, a mock exercise was conducted to estimate the expected costs of the pilot study. The workshop application of the tool underscored its applicability to the HEARTS program planning process by identifying cost drivers associated with individual program elements. It further illustrated that by supporting disaggregation of costs into fixed and variable categories, the tool can inform the scalability of pilot projects to larger populations. Lessons learned during the initial development and application of the costing tool can inform future HEARTS evaluation efforts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)111-117
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Clinical Hypertension
Volume22
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2020
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • application of costing tool
  • costing tool workshop
  • HEARTS costing tool
  • HEARTS technical package
  • hypertension and cardiovascular disease management
  • Thailand

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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