What Determines the Costs of Repair and Rehabilitation of Flexor Tendon Injuries in Zone II? A Multiple Regression Analysis of Data From Southern Sweden.

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The epidemiology and costs of repair and rehabilitation of zone 11 flexor tendon injuries in 135 patients from the southern part of Sweden were analysed. The little finger was most frequently injured (43%), usually with a knife (46%), and 30% of the injuries were work related. Total median costs within the health-care sector for the injuries were SEK 48,500 (1 EURO = 9.23 SEK, 4/1/2002). Costs in other sectors were SEK 93,000. Active mobilization or mobilization with rubber band traction increased costs within the health-care sector (SEK 7400 or SEK 6000, respectively) but improved range of movement (5-7%). Immobilization had a higher complication rate (rupture or need for secondary procedures), which in itself increased total costs by 57%. Non-linear effects were found between age and costs within the health-care sector and the outcome.

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  • Health Care Service and Management, Health Policy and Services and Health Economy
  • Surgery
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)106-112
JournalJournal of Hand Surgery (British Volume)
Volume28
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2003
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes

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The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015. The record was previously connected to the following departments: Hand Surgery Research Group (013241910), Division of Health Economics and Forensic Medicine (Closed 2012) (013040050)

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