Total costs and predictors of costs in individuals with early inflammatory polyarthritis: a community-based prospective study

Cooper, NJ, Mugford, M, Symmons, DP, Barrett, EM and Scott, DG (2002) Total costs and predictors of costs in individuals with early inflammatory polyarthritis: a community-based prospective study. Rheumatology, 41 (7). pp. 767-774. ISSN 1462-0332

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To estimate the health service, non-health service and total costs and predictors of costs in individuals with early inflammatory polyarthritis (IP). METHODS: We conducted a prospective longitudinal study over a 6-month period. The participants were a random sample of 133 individuals who had enrolled with the community-based Norfolk Arthritis Register (NOAR) database between 1994 and 1999. The main outcome measures were the mean (per person) 6-month health service cost, non-health-service cost and total cost associated with IP. RESULTS: One hundred and fifteen of the 133 individuals who were recruited into the study completed 6 months of follow-up. The mean 6-month total cost was estimated to be 2800 pounds sterling per person, of which 14% was health service costs and the remainder non-health-service costs. Higher total costs were associated with lower health status and rheumatoid factor positivity. CONCLUSIONS: Early IP has a considerable impact on both the health-care system and, more importantly, society. Non-health-service costs (i.e. costs incurred by the individual with the disease, their family and friends) account for a substantial proportion (86%) of the total costs associated with early IP.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Norwich Medical School
Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Social Work
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Date Deposited: 25 Nov 2010 11:11
Last Modified: 23 Jan 2019 12:38
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/14285
DOI: 10.1093/rheumatology/41.7.767

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