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Cost effectiveness of ultrasound and bone densitometry for osteoporosis screening in post-menopausal women


  • Dirk Mueller


  • Afschin Gandjour



Compared with no screening, the cost effectiveness of QUS and DXA in sequence is very favourable in all age groups. However, direct access to DXA is also a cost-effective option, as it increases the number of QALYs at an acceptable cost compared with pre-testing by QUS (except for women aged 60–70 years). Therefore, QUS as a pre-test for DXA can be clearly recommended only in women aged 60–70 years. For the other age groups, the cost effectiveness of QUS as a pre-test depends on the global budget constraint and the accessibility of DXA. Copyright Adis Data Information BV 2008

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  • Dirk Mueller & Afschin Gandjour, 2008. "Cost effectiveness of ultrasound and bone densitometry for osteoporosis screening in post-menopausal women," Applied Health Economics and Health Policy, Springer, vol. 6(2), pages 113-135, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:aphecp:v:6:y:2008:i:2:p:113-135
    DOI: 10.1007/BF03256127

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    1. Afschin Gandjour & Eva-Julia Weyler, 2006. "Cost-effectiveness of referrals to high-volume hospitals: An analysis based on a probabilistic Markov model for hip fracture surgeries," Health Care Management Science, Springer, vol. 9(4), pages 359-369, November.
    2. Gandjour, Afschin & Stock, Stephanie, 2007. "A national hypertension treatment program in Germany and its estimated impact on costs, life expectancy, and cost-effectiveness," Health Policy, Elsevier, vol. 83(2-3), pages 257-267, October.
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