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Table 2 Costs of PROs collection: minimal effort versus maximal effort

From: Response rate and costs for automated patient-reported outcomes collection alone compared to combined automated and manual collection

  All surgical procedures (n = 5769) THA (n = 535) TKA&UKA (n = 742) ACLR (n = 430)
  Minimal effort Maximal effort Minimal effort Maximal effort Minimal effort Maximal effort Minimal effort Maximal effort
License fee for automated system (€) 10,875 10,875 10,875 10,875 10,875 10,875 10,875 10,875
Two computers for registration and completion of the preoperative PROMs (€) 480 480 480 480 480 480 480 480
Staff (€)
 PROMs administrator 1725 17,254 160 1599 217 2165 129 1285
 Surgeon’s receptionist 2027 2027 188 188 261 261 151 151
 Admission administrator 7510 7510 696 696 966 966 560 560
Paper forms and sending (€) 462 17,936 43 1573 59 2264 34 1447
In total (€) 23,079 56,081 12,442 15,411 12,857 17,011 12,229 14,799
Per surgical procedure (€) 4.00 9.72 23.26 28.81 17.33 22.93 28.44 34.42
Per year (€) 15,479 37,481 8283 10,263 8581 11,350 8176 9889
  1. Represented for all surgical procedures and the THA, TKA&UKA and ACLR subgroups
  2. Note: PROs indicates patient-reported outcomes, THA indicates total hip arthroplasty, TKA indicates total knee arthroplasty, UKA indicates unicompartimental knee arthroplasty, ACLR indicates anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction, indicates euro, n indicates number