Economic evaluation in total hip arthroplasty: analysis and review of the literature

J Arthroplasty. 2004 Feb;19(2):180-9. doi: 10.1016/s0883-5403(03)00456-x.


We performed a bibliographic search of MEDLINE databases from January 1966 to July 2002 to identify English language articles that contained either "cost" or "economic" in combination with "total hip arthroplasty" (THA) in the abstract or title. Each study was then critically reviewed for content, technique, and adherence to established healthcare economic principles. Only 81 of the 153 studies retrieved contained actual economic data. Only 6% of studies adhered to established criteria for a comprehensive health care economic analysis. Although the number of publications regarding economic evaluation of THA is on the rise, the methodologic quality of many of these studies remains inadequate. Future studies should employ sound healthcare economic techniques to properly evaluate and assess the true social and economic value of THA.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Arthroplasty, Replacement, Hip / economics*
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis / economics
  • Health Care Costs
  • Humans