Developing Research to Change Policy: Design of a Multicenter Cost-Effectiveness Analysis Comparing Intramedullary Nailing to Skeletal Traction in Malawi

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Introduction: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.

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