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An interim prosthesis program for lower limb amputees: Comparison of public and private models of service

Journal Article


Abstract


  • This study compared the outcomes of an interim mechanical prosthesis program for lower limb amputees operated under a public and private model of service. Over a two-year period, 60 transtibial amputees were fitted with an interim prosthesis as part of their early amputee care. Thirty-four patients received early amputee care under a public model of service, whereby a prosthetist was employed to provide the interim mechanical prosthesis service. The remaining 26 patients received early amputee care under a private model of service, where an external company was contracted to provide the interim mechanical prosthesis service. The results suggested comparable clinical outcomes between the two patient groups. However, the public model appeared to be less expensive with the average labour cost per patient being 29.0% lower compared with the private model. The results suggest that a public model of service may provide a more comprehensive and less expensive interim prosthesis program for lower limb amputees.

Publication Date


  • 2010

Citation


  • R. Gordon, C. A. Magee, A. Frazer, C. Evans & K. McCosker, "An interim prosthesis program for lower limb amputees: Comparison of public and private models of service", Prosthetics and Orthotics Internationall 34 2 (2010) 175-183.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-77952495884

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/gsbpapers/291

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 8

Start Page


  • 175

End Page


  • 183

Volume


  • 34

Issue


  • 2

Abstract


  • This study compared the outcomes of an interim mechanical prosthesis program for lower limb amputees operated under a public and private model of service. Over a two-year period, 60 transtibial amputees were fitted with an interim prosthesis as part of their early amputee care. Thirty-four patients received early amputee care under a public model of service, whereby a prosthetist was employed to provide the interim mechanical prosthesis service. The remaining 26 patients received early amputee care under a private model of service, where an external company was contracted to provide the interim mechanical prosthesis service. The results suggested comparable clinical outcomes between the two patient groups. However, the public model appeared to be less expensive with the average labour cost per patient being 29.0% lower compared with the private model. The results suggest that a public model of service may provide a more comprehensive and less expensive interim prosthesis program for lower limb amputees.

Publication Date


  • 2010

Citation


  • R. Gordon, C. A. Magee, A. Frazer, C. Evans & K. McCosker, "An interim prosthesis program for lower limb amputees: Comparison of public and private models of service", Prosthetics and Orthotics Internationall 34 2 (2010) 175-183.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-77952495884

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/gsbpapers/291

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 8

Start Page


  • 175

End Page


  • 183

Volume


  • 34

Issue


  • 2