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Table 5 Mean cost of health service use (£) over three month follow-up period

From: Cost-effectiveness of steroid (methylprednisolone) injections versus anaesthetic alone for the treatment of Morton’s neuroma: economic evaluation alongside a randomised controlled trial (MortISE trial)

NHS Secondary Sector: Control n = 55 mean (SD) in £ Steroid n = 54 mean (SD) in £ Mean difference in £ (95% CI bootstrapped)
Injection:    
 Lignocaine only 0.25 (0.00) 0.00 (0.00) −0.25 (−)
 Lignocaine & steroid 0.14 (0.71) 3.74 (0.00) 3.60 (−)
Outpatient consultation with ultrasound scan 145.74 (0.00) 145.74 (0.00) 0.00 (−)
Outpatient follow-up visits:    
 Return visits 4.61 (16.60) 7.04 (20.09) 2.43 (−4.52, 9.43)
Inpatient:    
 Inpatient hospital stay 2.82 (20.90) 66.00 (220.39) 63.19 (11.64, 126.32) *
Accident and emergency 2.06 (9.20) 2.62 (9.93) 0.56 (−3.05, 4.22)
Secondary care costs 155.61 (32.85) 225.14 (222.19) 69.53 (18.47, 148.49) *
NHS Primary Care Sector:    
GP consultations 31.57 (35.77) 39.95 (56.52) 8.37 (−8.49, 26.92)
Other health care practitioner consultations 14.51 (43.06) 15.28 (40.55) 0.77 (−15.10, 16.58)
Primary care costs 46.09 (55.89) 55.23 (72.64) 9.14 (−14.68, 33.91)
Total costs 201.69 (67.74) 280.37 (246.74) 78.67 (18.25, 152.34) *
  1. NHS: National Health Service.
  2. *Difference is significant at 5% level.