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Modular socket system versus traditionally laminated socket: a cost analysis
Jonkoping University.
Jonkoping University.
Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Health Technology Assessment. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
2011 (English)In: Prosthetics and orthotics international, ISSN 0309-3646, Vol. 35, no 1, 76-80 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background: Using the new modular socket system (MSS) to produce a prosthetic socket directly on the patient has the potential of being easier and quicker to manufacture but also incurring higher costs. less thanbrgreater than less thanbrgreater thanObjectives: The purpose of the study was to compare the costs of manufacturing a transtibial prosthetic socket using either a MSS or a standard laminated socket (PC). less thanbrgreater than less thanbrgreater thanStudy design: Concurrent controlled trial. less thanbrgreater than less thanbrgreater thanMethods: A total of 20 patients at two orthopaedic facilities were followed with regards to the cost of manufacturing a prosthetic socket using either MSS or PC. Time aspects and material costs were considered in the cost analysis. Other factors studied include delivery time and number of visits. For the cost analysis, only direct costs pertaining to the prosthetic socket were considered. less thanbrgreater than less thanbrgreater thanResults: The total cost of MSS was found to be significantly higher (p andlt; 0.01) compared to PC. However, the production and time cost was significantly lower. Delivery time to the patient was 1 day for MSS compared to 17 days for PC. less thanbrgreater than less thanbrgreater thanConclusions: Our study shows that the direct prosthetic cost of treating a patient using MSS is significantly higher than treating a patient using PC. However, the MSS prosthesis can be delivered significantly faster and with fewer visits. Further studies taking the full societal costs of MSS into account should therefore be performed.

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Informa Healthcare / SAGE Publications (UK and US) , 2011. Vol. 35, no 1, 76-80 p.
Keyword [en]
Artificial limbs, transtibial, cost analysis
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Engineering and Technology
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-71225DOI: 10.1177/0309364610392812ISI: 000295032700009OAI: diva2:446343
Available from: 2011-10-07 Created: 2011-10-07 Last updated: 2011-10-07

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