DOI: 10.1101/19010025Oct 24, 2019Paper

Direct medical costs of hospitalized patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis in China

MedRxiv : the Preprint Server for Health Sciences
X. ZhengC. Wang


Background Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a chronic, progressive fibrosing interstitial pneumonia of unknown cause. The incidence of IPF is increasing year by year, as well as the mortality rates, which is really a burden both for the family and the society. However few data concerning the economic burden of the patients with IPF is available, especially in China. Objective This study aimed to examine the direct medical costs of hospitalized patients with IPF and to determine the contributing factors. Methods This retrospective analysis used the cost-of-illness framework in order to analyze the direct medical costs of patients with IPF. The study used data from the pneumology department of Beijing Chao-Yang Hospital affiliated to Capital Medical University from year 2012 to 2015. The direct medical costs included drug fee, auxiliary examination fee, treatment fee and other fee. Patients' characteristics, medical treatment, and the direct medical costs were analyzed by descriptive statistics and multivariable regression. Results There were 219 hospitalized patients meeting the diagnosis of IPF, 91% male. The mean age was 65 years old. For the direct medical costs of hospitalized patients with IPF, the mean(SD) of the tot...Continue Reading

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