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Cost-Effectiveness of Two Dry Needling Interventions for Plantar Heel Pain: A Secondary Analysis of an RCT

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Faculty of Health Sciences, Universidad San Jorge, Campus Universitario, Autov. A23 km 299, Villanueva de Gállego, 50830 Zaragoza, Spain
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Ministry of Health, State of Kuwait, Jamal Abdulnasser Street, Al Solaibeykhat Area 5, Safat, Kuwait City 13001, Kuwait
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Physiatry and Nursing Department, Faculty of Health Sciences, Zaragoza University, C/Domingo Miral s/n, CP 50009 Zaragoza, Spain
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(4), 1777; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18041777
Received: 25 December 2020 / Revised: 4 February 2021 / Accepted: 8 February 2021 / Published: 12 February 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Cost Effectiveness Analysis of Health Service Intervention)
Plantar heel pain is a common cause of foot pain that affects patients’ quality of life and represents a significant cost for the healthcare system. Dry needling and percutaneous needle electrolysis are two minimally invasive treatments that were shown to be effective for the management of plantar heel pain. The aim of our study was to compare these two treatments in terms of health and economic consequences based on the results of a published randomized controlled trial. For this, we evaluated the costs from the point of view of the hospital and we carried out a cost-effectiveness study using quality of life as the main variable according to the Eq-5D-5L questionnaire. The cost of the complete treatment with dry needling (DN) was €178.86, while the percutaneous needle electrolysis (PNE) was €200.90. The quality of life of patients improved and was translated into +0.615 quality-adjusted life years (QALYs) for DN and +0.669 for PNE. PNE presented an average incremental cost-effectiveness ratio (ICER) of €411.34/QALY against DN. These results indicate that PNE had a better cost-effectiveness ratio for the treatment of plantar heel pain than DN. View Full-Text
Keywords: dry needling; percutaneous needle electrolysis; cost-effectiveness analysis; plantar heel pain; quality of life dry needling; percutaneous needle electrolysis; cost-effectiveness analysis; plantar heel pain; quality of life
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Fernández, D.; Al-Boloushi, Z.; Bellosta-López, P.; Herrero, P.; Gómez, M.; Calvo, S. Cost-Effectiveness of Two Dry Needling Interventions for Plantar Heel Pain: A Secondary Analysis of an RCT. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 1777. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18041777

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Fernández D, Al-Boloushi Z, Bellosta-López P, Herrero P, Gómez M, Calvo S. Cost-Effectiveness of Two Dry Needling Interventions for Plantar Heel Pain: A Secondary Analysis of an RCT. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(4):1777. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18041777

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Fernández, Daniel, Zaid Al-Boloushi, Pablo Bellosta-López, Pablo Herrero, Manuel Gómez, and Sandra Calvo. 2021. "Cost-Effectiveness of Two Dry Needling Interventions for Plantar Heel Pain: A Secondary Analysis of an RCT" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 4: 1777. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18041777

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