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What are the health and socioeconomic impacts of allergic respiratory disease in Tasmania?


Borchers-Arriagada, N and Jones, P and Palmer, AJ and Bereznicki, B and Cooling, N and Davies, JM and Johnston, J, What are the health and socioeconomic impacts of allergic respiratory disease in Tasmania?, Australian Health Review pp. A-I. ISSN 0156-5788 (2021) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1071/AH20200


Objective: The aim of this study was to quantify the direct and indirect costs of asthma and allergic rhinitis (AR) for 2018 in Tasmania.

Methods: We used publicly available data, and Tasmanian-specific values where available, to estimate direct and indirect costs of both diseases. Direct costs included outcomes such as emergency department (ED) presentations, hospitalisations, general practice visits and medication use. Indirect costs included premature mortality and lost productivity.

Results: Direct health impacts for both conditions combined included 1454 ED presentations, 682 hospitalisations, 72 446 general practice visits and 7122 specialist visits. Indirect health impacts included 13 deaths and between 483 000 and 2.8 million days of lost productivity. Total costs ranged between A$126.5 million and A$436.7 million for asthma and between A$65.3 million and A$259.7 million for AR. Per-person annual costs ranged between A$1918 and A$6617 for asthma and between A$597 and A$2374 for AR.

Conclusions: The main financial burden due to asthma and AR was related to productivity losses from presenteeism and absenteeism. The magnitude of the economic impacts of AR and asthma warrants further analysis to produce a national-level assessment. Such analyses could identify cost-effective interventions that produce highest benefits for the management of these conditions in our community.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:absenteeism, allergic rhinitis, asthma, cost of illness, health costs, presenteeism
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Cardiovascular medicine and haematology
Research Field:Respiratory diseases
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Evaluation of health and support services
Objective Field:Health policy evaluation
UTAS Author:Borchers-Arriagada, N (Mr Nicolas Borchers Arriagada)
UTAS Author:Jones, P (Dr Penelope Jones)
UTAS Author:Palmer, AJ (Professor Andrew Palmer)
UTAS Author:Bereznicki, B (Dr Bonnie Bereznicki)
UTAS Author:Cooling, N (Dr Nick Cooling)
UTAS Author:Johnston, J (Professor Fay Johnston)
ID Code:143644
Year Published:2021
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2021-03-29
Last Modified:2021-05-24

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