The cost-effectiveness of routine follow-up after primary total hip arthroplasty

Merollini, Katharina, Crawford, Ross W., Donnelly, Bill, Whitehouse, Sarah L., & Graves, Nicholas (2009) The cost-effectiveness of routine follow-up after primary total hip arthroplasty. The Journal of Arthroplasty, 25(2), pp. 191-196.

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Routine postsurgery assessment of primary total hip arthroplasty (THA) is recommended in many countries. Whether the benefits of this activity are justified by the costs is not known. We used a decision-analytic Markov model to compare the costs and health outcomes of 3 different follow-up strategies after primary THA. If there is no routine follow-up of patients for 7 years after primary THA, there would be cost savings between AU$6.5 and $11.9 million and gains of between 1.8 and 8.8 quality-adjusted life years. Policy makers should investigate less resource-intensive alternatives to common routine postsurgical assessment.

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ID Code: 27440
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: The maiden name of Katharina Merollini is Katharina Bolz
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Keywords: Total hip arthroplasty, Follow-up, Economic analysis, Cost-effectiveness, Markov model, Cohort simulation
DOI: 10.1016/j.arth.2008.12.009
ISSN: 0883-5403
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ECONOMICS (140000) > APPLIED ECONOMICS (140200) > Health Economics (140208)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > CLINICAL SCIENCES (110300) > Orthopaedics (110314)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Past > Schools > School of Engineering Systems
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
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Deposited On: 21 Sep 2009 04:15
Last Modified: 19 Jan 2016 04:58

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