Cost-effectiveness of lumbar fusion and nonsurgical treatment for chronic low back pain in the Swedish Lumbar Spine Study: a multicenter, randomized, controlled trial from the Swedish Lumbar Spine Study Group.

@article{Fritzell2004CosteffectivenessOL,
  title={Cost-effectiveness of lumbar fusion and nonsurgical treatment for chronic low back pain in the Swedish Lumbar Spine Study: a multicenter, randomized, controlled trial from the Swedish Lumbar Spine Study Group.},
  author={Peter Fritzell and Olle H{\"a}gg and Dick Jonsson and Anders Nordwall},
  journal={Spine},
  year={2004},
  volume={29 4},
  pages={421-34; discussion Z3}
}
STUDY DESIGN A cost-effectiveness study was performed from the societal and health care perspectives. OBJECTIVE To evaluate the costs-effectiveness of lumbar fusion for chronic low back pain (CLBP) during a 2-year follow-up. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA A full economic evaluation comparing costs related to treatment effects in patients with CLBP is lacking. PATIENTS AND METHODS A total of 284 of 294 patients with CLBP for at least 2 years were randomized to either lumbar fusion or a… CONTINUE READING

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