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Original Article

Cost implications of the physiotherapy management of complex tibial fractures treated with circular frames

E. Barron, R. Rambani, H. Bailey, H. K. Sharma

Keywords : Cost analysis, Physiotherapy cost, Complex tibial fractures

Citation Information : Barron E, Rambani R, Bailey H, Sharma HK. Cost implications of the physiotherapy management of complex tibial fractures treated with circular frames. 2013; 8 (3):169-171.

DOI: 10.1007/s11751-013-0173-8

License: CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

Published Online: 30-11-2013

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2013; The Author(s).


Seventy-three consecutive patients with complex tibial fractures treated with an Ilizarov frame or Taylor Spatial Frame received physiotherapy between April 2008 and April 2010. Data were collected prospectively, and physiotherapy input was recorded (in minutes) for the patients identified. This included treatment received as an inpatient as well as an outpatient. The data were categorized for proximal, middle and distal third tibial fractures for analysis. The average cost of physiotherapy for an inpatient with an Ilizarov frame is £121.82 per case, whereas that for an outpatient receiving treatment for trauma was calculated as £404.60. The combined average cost of physiotherapy to support treatment of a complex tibial fracture with a fine wire fixator is £546.27. Treatment involving circular frames is complex and expensive, and the high physiotherapy cost is not reflected in Healthcare Resource Group codes. This cost calculation will help service units, and NHS Trusts develop realistic costing plans to support treatment. Cost implications of the physiotherapy management of complex tibial fractures using the Ilizarov technique.

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