The purpose of our study is to prospectively evaluate the cost effectiveness of intramedullary nailing compared with skeletal traction in a resource-limited setting where traction remains the most common definitive treatment.Methods:
This multicenter, prospective multicenter investigation was conducted in Malawi at 2 central hospitals and 3 district hospitals. The project was divided into phases. In phase 1, the EuroQol-5D and SMFA were translated and validated in Chichewa. In phase 2, adult patents with OTA/AO 32 femur shaft fractures were prospectively enrolled, and a comparison of quality of life and functional status was made. In phase 3, a cost-effectiveness analysis was performed between those treated with intramedullary nail and those treated with skeletal traction.Conclusion:
This study serves as an example of an economic study in orthopaedic surgery conducted in a resource-poor environment through academic collaboration.