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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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Abstract

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
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 14:15
Last Modified: 15 Jul 2014 12:53

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