Spinal cord stimulation versus reoperation for failed back surgery syndrome: a cost effectiveness and cost utility analysis based on a randomized, controlled trial.

@article{North2007SpinalCS,
  title={Spinal cord stimulation versus reoperation for failed back surgery syndrome: a cost effectiveness and cost utility analysis based on a randomized, controlled trial.},
  author={Richard B. North and David Kidd and Jane Shipley and R. S. L. Taylor},
  journal={Neurosurgery},
  year={2007},
  volume={61 2},
  pages={361-8; discussion 368-9}
}
OBJECTIVE We analyzed the cost-effectiveness and cost-utility of treating failed back-surgery syndrome using spinal cord stimulation (SCS) versus reoperation. MATERIALS AND METHODS A disinterested third party collected charge data for the first 42 patients in a randomized controlled crossover trial. We computed the difference in cost with regard to success (cost-effectiveness) and mean quality-adjusted life years (cost-utility). We analyzed the patient-charge data with respect to intention to… CONTINUE READING

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