Study Confirms the Socioeconomic Value of Medical Devices

Published date : 06 November 2012
Article date : 06 November 2012


Healio reports how researchers in a recent issue of Orthopedic Research and Review have concluded that medical devices, such as hip protectors and total joint arthroplasty implants, are cost-effective and significantly improve patients’ lives. They say that the devices enable people to quickly return to an active, independent lifestyle and lower the risk of future fracture.

Apparently, according to the European Health Technology Institute for Socio-Economic Research (EHTI), a review of 33 studies published between 1996 and 2008 showed that hip protectors reduced the mean fracture risk in patients by 4%. Total hip arthroplasty increased clinical scores in patients by 25-35 points and total knee arthroplasty increased clinical scores by 15-56 points. Total joint procedures brought an average 2.01 quality-adjusted life-years, according to the abstract.

The research was said to have demonstrated that the devices represented good value for money, and, in case of hip protectors, even saved on costs.

Source:, 5 November 2012

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