Investigator Profile: Dr. Kathryn McCollister On Cost Effectiveness of Continuing Care for Cocaine Dependence

By Sarah Gutkind, MSPH February 16, 2016

Hi Dr. McCollister, thank you for the time to chat with me about your recent publication!

In your article, you highlight the shift in the substance use treatment paradigm from treating acute episodes of substance use and consequently short intensive interventions, to treating a chronic condition that requires continuous care.

Your study was the first cost-effectiveness analysis of the Telephone Monitoring and Counseling (TMC) intervention, in which counselors delivered continuing care for cocaine dependent patients.

Can you explain why you made distinctions between the payer and societal perspective? Is it significant that both perspectives yielded a similar result in this study?