Method: Across the UK, 8 sites randomly allocated to the intervention recruited 184 participants, 9 sites allocated to treatment as usual recruited 128 participants. Cost and outcome data were collected mainly by telephone interview at baseline and after six months. Total costs at six months were compared from the perspective of health & social services, and society, with adjustments for pre-specified participant and cluster characteristics at baseline including costs. Missing data was imputed using Multiple Imputation. Uncertainty was quantified by bootstrapping.
Results: The intervention was associated with lower per participant costs from a health & social services perspective of -£357 (2014/15 GBP) (95% CI -£986, £294) and from a societal perspective of -£631 (95% CI -£1,473, £181). Results were not sensitive to the exclusion of accommodation costs.
Conclusions: Our findings suggest that the competency framework is unlikely to increase the cost of caring for people with epilepsy and intellectual disability and may reduce costs.