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Article first published online: 24 AUG 2011
Copyright © 2011 The American Laryngological, Rhinological, and Otological Society, Inc.
Volume 121, Issue 9, pages 1830–1833, September 2011
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Bhattacharyya, N. (2011), Incremental healthcare utilization and expenditures for allergic rhinitis in the United States. The Laryngoscope, 121: 1830–1833. doi: 10.1002/lary.22034
The author has no conflicts of interest to declare.
- Issue published online: 24 AUG 2011
- Article first published online: 24 AUG 2011
- Accepted manuscript online: 6 JUL 2011 02:14PM EST
- Manuscript Accepted: 20 MAY 2011
- Manuscript Received: 5 APR 2011
- Allergic rhinitis;
- healthcare expenditures;
- burden of illness;
- office visits;
- Level of evidence: 2b.
Determine incremental increases in healthcare expenditures and utilization associated with allergic rhinitis (AR).
Patients reporting a diagnosis of AR were extracted from the 2007 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey medical conditions file and linked to the consolidated expenditures file. AR patients were then compared to non-AR patients determining differences in healthcare utilization: office visits, emergency facility visits, and prescriptions filled, as well as differences in healthcare expenditures: total healthcare costs, office-based costs, prescription medication costs, and self-expenditures using demographically and comorbidity adjusted multivariate models.
An estimated 17.8 ± 0.72 million adult patients reported AR in 2007 (7.9 ± 0.3% of the U.S. population). The additional incremental healthcare utilizations associated with AR relative to non-AR patients for office visits, emergency facility visits, and number of prescriptions filled were 3.25 ± 0.40, 0.01 ± 0.02, and 8.95 ± 0.80, respectively (P < .001, .787, and <.001, respectively). Similarly, additional healthcare expenditures associated with AR for total healthcare expenses, office-based visit expenditures, prescription expenditures, and self-expenditures were $1,492 ± 346, $461 ± 122, $876 ± 126, and $168 ± 25, respectively (all P < 0.001).
AR is associated with substantial incremental increases in healthcare utilization and expenditures due to increases in office-based visits and prescription expenditures. As a commonly prevalent and costly disease, AR would be a prime target for guideline development and standardization of care. Laryngoscope, 2011