Introduction: Advances in cystic fibrosis (CF) therapy have resulted in improved survival and increasing treatment burden and costs. The economic impact of current treatment strategies for CF is poorly defined. Methods: The authors prospectively assessed direct medical costs (including hospitalizations, outpatient interventions, drugs, devices, dietetic products) in 165 consecutive CF patients (aged 5-39 years) seen between March and July 2009. Results: The mean annual cost/patient increased with age and lung disease severity from €4,164 in children aged 5 years to €30,123 in patients aged >5 years with severe lung disease (forced expiratory volume in 1 second [FEV1] <40% of predicted). The increase in costs involved all items, with a progressive increase in cost attributed to hospitalizations. Conclusion: Treatment of CF is associated with relevant cost for the Italian National Healthcare Service. Costs of illness tend to increase progressively with age, suggesting that increasing economic resources should be allocated to the treatment of CF, given the increasing number of patients surviving into adulthood. © The Author(s) 2013.
Cost of cystic fibrosis: Analysis of treatment costs in a specialized center in Northern Italy / C. Colombo, V. Daccò, G. Alicandro, S. Loi, S. Mazzi, C. Lucioni, R. Ravasio. - In: ADVANCES IN THERAPY. - ISSN 0741-238X. - 30:2(2013), pp. 165-175.
|Titolo:||Cost of cystic fibrosis: Analysis of treatment costs in a specialized center in Northern Italy|
COLOMBO, CARLA (Primo)
DACCO', VALERIA (Secondo)
LUCIONI, CARLO (Penultimo)
|Parole Chiave:||Cystic fibrosis; Forced expiratory volume; Healthcare costs; Lung disease; Respiratory|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore MED/38 - Pediatria Generale e Specialistica|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2013|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12325-013-0008-5|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|