How much does it cost to implement a community-based walking football programme for patients with type 2 diabetes?

Ana Barbosa, João Brito, Pedro Figueiredo, André Seabra, Ding Ding, Romeu Mendes

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Abstract

Objectives The current study analysed the implementation costs of a community-based walking football exercise programme for patients with type 2 diabetes. Methods The direct costs of a community-based walking football programme for middle-aged and older male patients with type 2 diabetes, designed and tested in Porto (Portugal), were calculated from the payer's perspective. One season of this programme consists of three sessions per week (60 min per session) for nine months (October to June). Cost calculations were based on two groups of 20 patients and included the sports infrastructure and equipment, human resources, pre-exercise clinical evaluation, medical equipment, technical training and other consumable costs. An economic depreciation of 1 year using the linear method for sports and electronic materials was considered. Cost analysis dated December 2021 and is expressed in international dollars ($). Results This programme was estimated to have a total implementation cost of $22 923.07; $2547.01/month; $573.08/patient; $106.13/session; $63.68/patient/month and $5.31/patient/session. Conclusion A community-based walking football programme for patients with type 2 diabetes is affordable and can be scaled up by local communities to promote physical activity and manage type 2 diabetes with the involvement of multiple stakeholders such as the football clubs, municipalities and primary healthcare units.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere001549
JournalBMJ Open Sport and Exercise Medicine
Volume9
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 7 2023

Keywords

  • Economics
  • Exercise
  • Football
  • Non-communicable disease
  • Sports

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation

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