TABLE 4.

Fixed and Variable Costs of the mCME 2.0 Intervention for HIV Clinicians in Vietnama

Financial CostEconomic Cost
(April 2016–April 2017)(April 2016–April 2017)
Cost, US$% of TotalCost, US$% of Total
Total fixed costsb
 Preparation and planningc18,822.5737.98%41,434.9544.93%
 Program managementd23,368.1047.16%30,898.1733.51%
 Technology (server, telephone line, SMS system)6,633.8113.39%6,633.817.19%
Total variable costse
 SMSf728.281.47%728.280.79%
 Coursesg00.00%12,516.9113.57%
Total costs
 Total costs49,552.7692,212.12
 Total fixed costs48,824.4878,966.93
 Total variable costs728.2813,245.19
  • Abbreviations: mCME, mobile continuing medical education; SMS, short message service.

  • a All figures are presented in real 2016 U.S. dollars.

  • b Fixed costs included program preparation and planning, program management, technology (i.e., SMS system), and travel and food/accommodation related to program preparation and planning and program management.

  • c Preparation and planning refers to costs during the prep period for the trial from April 1, 2016 to October 30, 2016.

  • d Program implementation and management refers to costs during the implementation period for the trial from November 1, 2016 to April 30, 2017.

  • e Variable costs included the number of text messages, which would vary depending on the number of clinicians in the program, and the number of courses, which would vary depending on the course topic. For mCME 2.0, there were 12 courses focused on HIV/AIDS.19

  • f Each SMS was US$0.025. The control group was sent one SMS per week, and the intervention group received 3 SMS every day during the 6-month intervention.

  • g Cost of online course development is based on information provided by in-country partners.