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Farmacia Hospitalaria

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SALAS-CANSADO, Marina De; RUIZ ANTORAN, María Belén; RAMIREZ, Elena  and  DUDLEY, Antonio. Utilization of health care resources and cost associated to fasciectomy in Dupuytren's disease in Spain. Farm Hosp. [online]. 2013, vol.37, n.1, pp.41-49. ISSN 2171-8695.

Objective: To estimate the healthcare resource utilization and their associated costs secondary to fasciectomy of Dupuytren s disease (DD) treated under usual medical practice in Spain. Methods: This multicenter, observational, retrospective cohort study, extracted data through the revision of medical records of three tertiary public hospitals. Each center should recruit 40 patients operated for DD, as principal diagnose of Minimum Data Set, in which the surgical procedure conducted was fasciectomy, during 2007-2009. To collect all the resources used during surgery, a specific chart form was designed. Demographic (age, gender, occupational status), clinical (stage of contracture and comorbilities) and healthcare utilization (hospitalizations, medical visits, tests, drugs) data were collected under medical routine. Comparisons between stage of contracture grouped (I: stage N, 1 & 2; II: stage 3 & 4) and centers were made. Results: A total of 123 subjects (52% group I; 86.2% men; 35.8% active workers) were identified. 81.3% of patients presented at least one comorbidity, being hypertension the most frequent. 28.4% of patients were operated in ambulatory surgery and 71.6% hospitalized. All the patients had follow-up visits after surgery, 27% needed physical therapy, 88% performed preoperative tests and 8% visit the emergency room after surgery. Healthcare mean (SD) costs were as follows: fasciectomy €1,074 (0); hospitalizations €978 (743); ambulatory €186 (10); follow-up visits €260 (173); emergency rooms €13 (53); tests €78(43); drugs €7 (9); physical therapy €46 (134). Mean total costs were €2,250 (839). There were no significant differences between study groups grouped by stage of contracture. However, the center and the severity of the CD seem explanatory variables of cost, p<0.05. Conclusions: Healthcare resources utilization for surgical treatment of Dupuytrens disease may cost €2,250 (839) per fasciectomy treated under usual medical practice.

Keywords : Healthcare resource utilization; Cost; Dupuytren disease; Fasciectomy.

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