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The cost of multiple sclerosis in Australia


Taylor, BV and McDonald, E and Fantino, B and Sedal, L and MacDonnell, R and Pittas, F, The cost of multiple sclerosis in Australia , Journal of Clinical Neuroscience, 14, (6) pp. 532-539. ISSN 0967-5868 (2007) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1016/j.jocn.2006.08.007


Multiple sclerosis (MS) represents a significant economic burden both to the patient and to society. This study aims to provide information about direct and indirect costs of MS in Australia. Detailed questionnaires were completed for 100 patients over a 6-month period (12 months for hospitalization costs). Overall, the average annual direct and indirect costs per patient were AU$20 396 and AU$15 085, respectively. The greatest uses of resources were for immunomodulating drugs, consultations and district nursing. Various factors significantly increased overall direct costs, including secondary progressive MS, severe MS symptoms and higher Expanded Disability Status Scale scores. This study confirms that MS is a costly disease with a high economic burden on society. In order to minimize MS costs and improve quality of life, the ideal aim of MS treatment should be to stabilize patients on a low disability (low cost) level at an early stage of the disease utilising a cost-effective therapy. © 2006 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Neurosciences
Research Field:Central nervous system
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical health
Objective Field:Clinical health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Taylor, BV (Professor Bruce Taylor)
ID Code:63397
Year Published:2007
Web of Science® Times Cited:24
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2010-05-05
Last Modified:2011-07-29

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