Cost of treatment of congenital dislocation of the hip

George Kernohan, Bernadette Trainor, Raymond Mollan, Charles Normand

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Early treatment for congenital dislocation of the hip is usually simple and inexpensive. However, if the disease is not detected by 6 months of age, treatment is often complicated and expensive. We evaluated the potential cost‐saving of screening, by examining the costs in 36 late cases born in 1980 and found an average cost of £6,674 per case for treatment to this date. This amount could justifiably be spent on each case detected in an effective screening programme.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)229-233
Number of pages5
JournalThe International Journal of Health Planning and Management
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 1991


  • Congenital hip dislocation
  • Cost‐effective
  • Northern Ireland
  • Screening
  • Treatment costs
  • Vibration arthrometry


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