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The socioeconomic value of orthopaedic devices: evidence and methodological and challenges

Sorenson, Corinna and Drummond, Mike (2012) The socioeconomic value of orthopaedic devices: evidence and methodological and challenges. Orthopaedic Research and Reviews, 2012 (4). pp. 87-96. ISSN 1179-1462

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Identification Number: 10.2147/ORR.S32453


With continued technological advances in orthopedic devices and increasingly limited health care resources, greater attention will be placed on substantiating the socioeconomic value of these devices. Therefore, this study focused on a systematic review of available economic evaluations of selected orthopedic devices (n = 33 studies) to assess their impact on different clinical and economic outcomes. The existing evidence suggests that they have important benefits to patients, including reduced risk of fractures, increased mobility and functioning, and enhanced quality of life, and do so cost effectively or with cost savings. However, we have identified several methodological obstacles to sufficient ascertainment of value, such as a lack of robust information on health economic outcomes and long-term evidence. We also identify areas where additional research is needed to assess more fully the value of orthopedic devices.

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Additional Information: © 2012 Dove Medical Press Ltd.
Divisions: LSE Health
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Sets: Research centres and groups > LSE Health
Date Deposited: 09 Aug 2012 08:04
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2021 23:10

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