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Author Kuo, SH. ♦ Lai, C. K. W. ♦ Kim, YY. ♦ Spencer, M. ♦ Williams, A. E.
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Content type Text
Publisher European Respiratory Society
File Format HTM / HTML
Date Created 2009-08-18
Copyright Year ©2006
Language English
Subject Domain (in LCC) RC705-779
Subject Keyword Asia Pacific ♦ Diseases of the respiratory system ♦ Internal medicine ♦ Far East ♦ Medicine ♦ Asthma control ♦ Asthma ♦ Healthcare costs ♦ Specialties of internal medicine
Abstract The substantial morbidity caused by asthma suggests that the disease is associated with a large economic burden. The current study analysed the burden of asthma in eight countries in the Asia-Pacific region. Responses to questions regarding resource use from a survey of people with asthma were analysed. Unit costs were obtained for each resource use element. Individual patient costs were estimated and means calculated for each country. A multivariate model was developed to identify potential predictors of resource use. Annual per-patient direct costs ranged from US$108 for Malaysia to US$1,010 for Hong Kong. When productivity costs were included, total per-patient societal costs ranged from US$184 in Vietnam to US$1,189 in Hong Kong. Urgent care costs were responsible for 18–90% of total per-patient direct costs. Overall, total per-patient direct costs were equivalent to 13% of per capita gross domestic product and 300% of per capita healthcare spending. Extremes of age, greater severity of asthma, and poorer general health status were predictive of high cost. The per-patient cost of asthma in these countries is high, particularly when seen in the context of overall per-patient healthcare spending. Strategies to improve asthma control are likely to not only improve patient outcomes, but also to decrease societal costs.
ISSN 16000617
Age Range 18 to 22 years ♦ above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG ♦ Career/Technical Study
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2006-06-01
e-ISSN 09059180
Journal European Respiratory Review
Volume Number 15
Issue Number 98
Page Count 7
Starting Page 10
Ending Page 16


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