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Table 1 Unit quantities and costs for the intervention (N = 132)

From: Cost effectiveness of a mail-delivered individually tailored physical activity intervention for Latinas vs. a mailed contact control

  6 months 12 months (cumulative)
  Unit cost Units/person Total units Total cost Units/person Total units Total cost
Staffing
 Trainera $47.59/h   4 h $190   4 h $190
 Research assistanta $30.88/h   314 h $9704   380 h $11,742
Materials
 Pedometers $12.50 1 132 $1650 1 132 $1650
 Intervention mailing (tip sheets, tailored report, envelopes, labels, printer ink) $0.44 11 1452 $639 14 1848 $813
 Scanner paper $0.04 30 3950 $158 48 5060 $253
 Orientation binders $5.78 1 132 $763 1 132 $763
 Stage-matched manuals $1 6 792 $792 9 1188 $1188
Postage
 Questionnaires (w/return postage) $2.50 5 660 $1650 8 1056 $2640
 Intervention materials $1.51 11 1452 $2193 14 1848 $2790
  1. aHourly costs for staff include salary, fringe benefits, and 10 % overhead. Salary amounts were sourced from standard university pay scales for a bachelor’s degree-level research assistant and master’s/doctoral-level trainer, including standard (44 %) benefits. Supply costs were based on wholesale office supply prices used to deliver the intervention. Postage costs were based on First Class mail with return postage for questionnaires