Estimation of direct unit costs associated with non-vertebral osteoporotic fractures in five European countries
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- Bouee, S., Lafuma, A., Fagnani, F. et al. Rheumatol Int (2006) 26: 1063. doi:10.1007/s00296-006-0180-x
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The objective of this study was to estimate the unit costs of non-vertebral osteoporotic fractures in five European countries based on the results of the SOTI and TROPOS clinical trials in postmenopausal osteoporotic women. The information recorded in the Case Report Forms was used. The perspective of third party payers was adopted. Hip fracture unit cost was the highest. The ranges of costs among countries was narrow for hip from 8,346€ (Italy) to 9,907€ (France), but wider for other fractures: 890€ (Spain) to 2,022€ (Italy) for wrist, 1,167€ (Spain) to 3,268€ (Italy) for pelvis, 837€ (Spain) to 2,116€ (Italy) for sternum/clavicle, 565€ (Spain) to 908€ (France) for rib, 1,518€ (Spain) to 3,651€ (Belgium) for humerus, 1,805€ (Spain) to 3,521€ (Italy) for leg. The costs of those fractures should be considered when estimating the cost of osteoporosis.