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Measuring the cost, effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of orthodontic care

Richmond, Stephen ORCID:, Dunstan, Frank David John ORCID:, Phillips, Ceri, Daniels, Charles, Durning, Peter and Leahy, Fiona 2005. Measuring the cost, effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of orthodontic care. World journal of orthodontics 6 (2) , pp. 161-170.

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Aim: To determine the relative effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of orthodontic treatment per case in one “fee for item” and two different types of salaried orthodontic clinics. Subjects and Methods: This prospective study recruited a random sample of six self-employed orthodontists (fee-for-item) and six orthodontists from both hospital and community clinics (salaried services). One hundred patients were followed to completion of orthodontic care. Questionnaires were employed to determine cost of treatment from the clinicians’ and patients’ points of views. Four cost-effectiveness models were developed. Results: Complete records of outcome were available for 1,087 patients, but only 789 had complete data on costing. Three of the four cost-effectiveness models indicated similar rankings for the 18 clinicians. The most cost-effective service was provided by clinicians working in community clinics, followed by clinicians working in hospitals, then self-employed clinicians. The preferred cost-effective model takes into consideration the initial need and successful outcome of orthodontic treatment. Conclusion: Cost-effectiveness models have been developed to quantify the performance of individual clinicians working in self-employed and salaried clinics. Costs and effectiveness of the clinicians in each clinical setting show considerable variation.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Dentistry
Subjects: R Medicine > RK Dentistry
ISSN: 1530-5678
Last Modified: 01 Jan 2023 14:14

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