Mr Bharat Phani Vaikuntam1, Dr Robyn Grote2
1Queensland Motion Analysis Centre, Brisbane, Australia, 2University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
Cost-effectiveness analysis of the utilization of 3-dimensional gait analysis (3DGA) to improve the pattern of follow-up treatment service utilization, costs and recovery of burns patients with complex movement disorders
Gait analysis may be simply defined as the recorded quantification of human motion. The purpose is to understand the characteristics of human movement and analyze the different components of human movement. In spite of the technological advances in 3DGA, it is not available widely and there are no current studies examining the application of gait analysis for burn victims. Burn patients have problems with their range of motion as well as walking, hand function and balance. So, it would be useful to examine the cost-effectiveness of 3DGA to improve the pattern of follow-up treatment service utilization, cost and recovery of burn patients with associated complex movement disorders.
Economic evaluation nested in a prospective randomized controlled clinical trial investigating the effect and cost-effectiveness of the utilization of 3DGA. Study participants will be randomly divided into two non-crossover groups on a turn-based-basis, with the first patient who meets the inclusion criteria being placed in the experimental group. The primary outcome is the cost-effectiveness of the 3DGA relative to usual care. The Cost-effectiveness analysis (CEA) will be performed from a health care provider’s perspective.
We hypothesize the 3DGA to be cost effective with better patient outcomes relative to usual care. This study will provide evidence about the uncertainties underlying the degree of improvement and their subsequent impact on cost of care.
Dr Robyn Grote is a 2016 Churchill Fellow with appointments as the Principal Research Fellow and Senior fellow at the University of Queensland and as an Adjunct Professor at the Queensland University of Technology. She has professional Qualifications as a Physiotherapist and has been a leader in research in movement disorders using three dimensional movement technology in infants and adults with complex movement disorders