A Naturopathic Approach to the Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease
Cost-Effectiveness Analysis of a Pragmatic Multi-Worksite Randomized Clinical Trail
Published In: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, v. 56, no. 2, Feb. 2014, p. 171–176
Posted on RAND.org on February 01, 2014
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OBJECTIVE: To determine the cost-effectiveness of a worksite-based naturopathic (individualized lifestyle counseling and nutritional medicine) approach to primary prevention of cardiovascular disease (CVD). METHODS: Economic evaluation alongside a pragmatic, multi-worksite, randomized controlled trial comparing enhanced usual care (EUC; usual care plus biometric screening) to the addition of a naturopathic approach to CVD prevention (NC+EUC). RESULTS: After 1 year, NC+EUC resulted in a net decrease of 3.3 (confidence interval: 1.7 to 4.8) percentage points in 10-year CVD event risk (number needed to treat = 30). These risk reductions came with average net study-year savings of $1138 in societal costs and $1187 in employer costs. There was no change in quality-adjusted life years across the study year. CONCLUSIONS: A naturopathic approach to CVD primary prevention significantly reduced CVD risk over usual care plus biometric screening and reduced costs to society and employers in this multi-worksite—based study.