Fracture prevention services: An economic evaluation – UK Department of Health – November 2009

Posted on December 22, 2009. Filed under: Health Economics, Orthopaedics | Tags: , |

Fracture prevention services – An economic evaluation – UK Department of Health – November 2009

“This economic evaluation assesses the costs and benefits of services to reduce fractures among older people. Local communities can use this to develop their own proposals.

There is strong evidence about the impact and cost benefit arguments for fracture prevention interventions, based on systematic implementation of national guidance on secondary prevention of osteoporotic fractures and other interventions for a targeted at-risk population.

The following is a summary of the main findings of an economic model for the impact of a fracture liaison service, as described in the guide Falls and fractures: effective interventions in health and social care1.

In this model, over a 5 year period £290,708 is saved in NHS acute and community services and local authority social care costs, against an additional £234,181 revenue costs (falling both in year 1 and covering drug therapy for five years spent by the NHS on this patient cohort). This is for an annual patient cohort of 797 hip, humerus, spine and forearm fractures, anticipated from a 320,000 population.

At a national level, this equates to approximately £8.5 million saving over 5 years.”  … continues

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