Stroke is the second most common cause of death in the world. The aim of this study is to estimate stroke’s direct costs and productivity losses in Italy from a societal perspective and to explain cost variability. A prospective observational multicentre cost of illness study was designed. Four hundred and forty-nine consecutive patients admitted because of acute first-ever stroke in 11 Italian hospitals were enrolled. Costs and outcomes were assessed at patients’ enrolment, and at 3, 6 and 12 months after discharge. Overall, social costs in the first six months following the attack were € 11 600 per patient; 53% of this was health care costs, 39% non-health care costs and the remaining 8% productivity losses. Age, level of disability and type of hospital ward were the most significant predictors of six-month social costs. The acute phase counted for more than 50% of total health care costs, leaving the remaining 50% to the post-acute phase, indicating that follow-up should be on the agenda of policy makers also.

The economic burden of stroke in Italy. The EcLIPSE Study: Economic Longitudinal Incidence-based Project for Stroke Evaluation

TARRICONE, ROSANNA;
2005

Abstract

Stroke is the second most common cause of death in the world. The aim of this study is to estimate stroke’s direct costs and productivity losses in Italy from a societal perspective and to explain cost variability. A prospective observational multicentre cost of illness study was designed. Four hundred and forty-nine consecutive patients admitted because of acute first-ever stroke in 11 Italian hospitals were enrolled. Costs and outcomes were assessed at patients’ enrolment, and at 3, 6 and 12 months after discharge. Overall, social costs in the first six months following the attack were € 11 600 per patient; 53% of this was health care costs, 39% non-health care costs and the remaining 8% productivity losses. Age, level of disability and type of hospital ward were the most significant predictors of six-month social costs. The acute phase counted for more than 50% of total health care costs, leaving the remaining 50% to the post-acute phase, indicating that follow-up should be on the agenda of policy makers also.
2005
Gerzeli, S; Tarricone, Rosanna; Zolo, P.
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