Fibromyalgia-related costs and loss of productivity: a substantial societal burden


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Lacasse, Anaïs, Bourgault, Patricia et Choinière, Manon (2016). Fibromyalgia-related costs and loss of productivity: a substantial societal burden. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders , 17 (1). doi:10.1186/s12891-016-1027-6 Repéré dans Depositum à

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Background: This study aimed at describing pain-related health care resource use, direct costs, and productivity loss among patients suffering from fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS).

Methods: A cost-of-illness study with a sample of 57 adults having a diagnosis of FMS was conducted in the province of Quebec (Canada). Data regarding FMS-related direct costs and productivity loss from paid and unpaid work over a three-month period were collected using a standardized structured telephone interview protocol. Direct costs were valued in 2009 Canadian dollars using a societal perspective.

Results: Results showed that average direct costs over a three-month period added up to $951 per patient (SD: $710), which could be translated in a mean annual cost of $3804. The purchase of prescribed medications led to the highest costs (mean: $329, SD: $321), followed by consultations to health care professionals other than physicians (mean: $129, SD: $222) and physicians consultations (mean: $98, SD: $116). Results further showed a high economic burden for patients themselves, aside from costs covered by public or private insurers. Among the subsample of participants who had a paid job (45.6 %), an average of 5.6 days (SD: 13.2) were lost due to pain during the past three months. Among those who were not employed (54.4 %), an average of 25.1 days in household productivity (SD: 24.8) were lost.

Conclusions: FMS is associated with a substantial socioeconomic burden. Further research is clearly needed to improve the management of this type of disorder and make better decisions regarding resource allocation.

Type de document: Article
Informations complémentaires: Licence d'utilisation : CC-BY 4.0
Mots-clés libres: Cost of illness; Direct costs; Productivity loss; Fibromyalgia; Chronic pain; Societal costs
Divisions: Santé
Date de dépôt: 18 mars 2020 18:26
Dernière modification: 26 mars 2020 15:14

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