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The cost–effectiveness of call-back counselling for smoking cessation
  1. Anita Lal1,
  2. Cathy Mihalopoulos1,
  3. Angela Wallace2,
  4. Theo Vos3
  1. 1Deakin Health Economics, Population Health Strategic Research Centre, Deakin University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  2. 2Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
  3. 3Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, University of Washington, Seattle, USA
  1. Correspondence to Anita Lal, Deakin Health Economics, Population Health Strategic Research Centre, Faculty of Health, Deakin University, Burwood Highway, Burwood, Melbourne, Vic 3125, Australia; lal.anita{at}


Objective To assess the cost–effectiveness of the Quitline, a call-back counselling service for smoking cessation, in the states of Queensland, Western Australia and the Northern Territory.

Methods A cost–effectiveness analysis using a deterministic Markov model, and cost per disability-adjusted life year (DALY) averted over a lifetime as the outcome measure. Population: Current smokers, motivated to quit.

Results Call-back counselling for smoking cessation provided by the Quitline is an intervention that both improves health with additional quitters, and achieves net cost savings due to the cost offsets being greater than the cost of the intervention. If cost offsets are excluded, the cost per quitter is $A773 (95% uncertainty interval $A769$–$A779), and the incremental cost–effectiveness ratio is $A294 per DALY (95% uncertainty interval $A293–$A298).

Conclusions Call-back counselling is a cost-effective intervention for smoking cessation that can be provided by a centralised service for a large population, and to reach people in isolated communities.

  • Economics
  • cessation
  • prevention

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