Web-based intervention for depressive symptoms in adults with types 1 and 2 diabetes mellitus: a health economic evaluation

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  • Stephanie Nobis
  • David Daniel Ebert
  • Dirk Lehr
  • Filip Smit
  • Claudia Buntrock
  • Matthias Berking
  • Harald Baumeister
  • Frank Snoek
  • Burkhardt Funk
  • Heleen Riper
Background: Web-based interventions are effective in reducing depression. However, the evidence for the cost-effectiveness of these interventions is scarce.
Aims: The aim is to assess the cost-effectiveness of a web-based intervention (GET.ON M.E.D.) for individuals with diabetes and comorbid depression compared with an active control group receiving web-based psychoeducation.
Method: We conducted a cost-effectiveness analysis with treatment response as the outcome and a cost-utility analysis with quality-adjusted life-years (QALYs) alongside a randomised controlled trial with 260 participants.
Results: At a willingness-to-pay ceiling of €5000 for a treatment response, the intervention has a 97% probability of being regarded as cost-effective compared with the active control group. If society is willing to pay €14 000 for an additional QALY, the intervention has a 51% probability of being cost-effective.
Conclusions: This web-based intervention for individuals with diabetes and comorbid depression demonstrated a high probability of being cost-effective compared with an active control group.
Original languageEnglish
JournalThe British Journal of Psychiatry
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)199-206
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 04.2018