Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.21256/zhaw-19470
Publication type: Article in scientific journal
Type of review: Peer review (publication)
Title: The impact of the AO foundation on fracture care : an evaluation of 60 years AO foundation
Authors : Joeris, Alexander
Höglinger, Marc
Meier, Flurina
Knöfler, Fabio
Scholz, Stefan
Brügger, Urs
Denk, Eberhard
Gutzwiller, Felix
Prein, Joachim
Renner, Nikolaus
Eichler, Klaus
et. al : No
DOI : 10.1016/j.injury.2019.07.016
10.21256/zhaw-19470
Published in : Injury
Volume(Issue) : 50
Issue : 11
Pages : 1868
Pages to: 1875
Issue Date: 2019
Publisher / Ed. Institution : Elsevier
ISSN: 0020-1383
1879-0267
Language : English
Subjects : Health economic; Internal fracture fixation; MedTech business; Osteosynthesis
Subject (DDC) : 617: Surgery
Abstract: Objectives Sixty years ago, the Association of Osteosynthesis (AO) was founded with the aim to improve fracture treatment and has since grown into one of the largest medical associations worldwide. Aim of this study was to evaluate AO's impact on science, education, patient care and the MedTech business. Design/methods Impact evaluations were conducted as appropriate for the individual domains: Impact on science was measured by analyzing citation frequencies of publications promoted by AO. Impact on education was evaluated by analyzing the evolution of number and location of AO courses. Impact on patient care was evaluated with a health economic model analyzing cost changes and years of life gained through the introduction of osteosynthesis in 17 high-income countries (HICs). Impact on MedTech business was evaluated by analyzing sales data of AO-associated products. Results Thirty-five AO papers and 2 major AO textbooks are cited at remarkable frequencies in high ranking journals with up to 2000 citations/year. The number of AO courses steadily increased with a total of 645'000 participants, 20‘000 teaching days and 2‘500 volunteer faculty members so far. The introduction of osteosynthesis saved at least 925 billion Swiss Francs [CHF] in the 17 HICs analyzed and had an impact on avoiding premature deaths comparable to the use of antihypertensive drugs. AO-associated products generated sales of 55 billion CHF. Conclusion AO's impact on science, education, patient care, and the MedTech business was significant because AO addressed hitherto unmet needs by combining activities that mutually enriched and reinforced each other.
URI: https://digitalcollection.zhaw.ch/handle/11475/19470
Fulltext version : Published version
License (according to publishing contract) : CC BY-NC-ND 4.0: Attribution - Non commercial - No derivatives 4.0 International
Departement: School of Management and Law
Organisational Unit: Winterthur Institute of Health Economics (WIG)
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