To estimate the programmatic costs of partner services for , syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydial infection.
New York State and local health departments conducting partner services activities in 2014.
A cost analysis estimated, from the state perspective, total program costs and cost per case assignment, patient interview, partner notification, and disease‐specific key performance indicator.
Data came from contracts, a time study of staff effort, and statewide surveillance systems.
Disease‐specific costs per case assignment (mean: $580; range: $502–$1,111), patient interview ($703; $608–$1,609), partner notification ($1,169; $950–$1,936), and key performance indicator ($2,697; $1,666–$20,255) varied across diseases. Most costs (79 percent) were devoted to gonorrhea and chlamydial infection investigations.
Cost analysis complements cost‐effectiveness analysis in evaluating program performance and guiding improvements.