Healthcare burden of in-hospital gout

Lee, G., and Roberts, L. (2012) Healthcare burden of in-hospital gout. Internal Medicine Journal, 42 (11). pp. 1261-1263.

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Abstract

Abstract The disease burden of inpatient gout has not been reported. Using a discharge diagnosis database and individual case record review, 77 patients who developed acute gout complicating a hospital admission for another reason were identified between January 2001 and April 2010 at The Townsville Hospital. A control group of 28 301 cases with identical principal diagnoses were similarly ascertained, along with a subgroup of 231 cases matched for age, gender and ethnicity. Patients with an admission complicated by acute gout stayed 6 days longer in hospital than matched control patients (9 days vs 3 days, P = 0.0005) with the same principal diagnoses and demographics. Patients with an attack of gout were more likely to be older, male or indigenous. Early diagnosis and appropriate treatment may help to reduce the healthcare costs of this overlooked disease.

Item ID: 26629
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1445-5994
Keywords: gout; length of stay; hospital; healthcare costs
Date Deposited: 24 Apr 2013 00:39
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1103 Clinical Sciences > 110322 Rheumatology and Arthritis @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920206 Health Policy Economic Outcomes @ 50%
92 HEALTH > 9201 Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) > 920116 Skeletal System and Disorders (incl. Arthritis) @ 50%
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