Stroke rehabilitation is expensive, and recent changes to Medicare reimbursement demand more efficient interventions. The use of cost-effectiveness analysis (CEA) can help occupational therapy practitioners, rehabilitation directors, and payers better understand the value of occupational therapy and decide whether or not to implement new treatments. The objective of this article is to illustrate the contribution of CEA to stroke rehabilitation using a hypothetical new intervention as an example.
What This Article Adds: This article facilitates an understanding of the importance of CEA to occupational therapy. It also explains how CEA improves consistency with reporting standards for cost-effectiveness studies.