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What are the health and socioeconomic impacts of allergic respiratory disease in Tasmania?

Borchers-Arriagada, N ORCID: 0000-0001-8973-5692, Jones, P ORCID: 0000-0002-4880-6711, Palmer, AJ ORCID: 0000-0002-9703-7891, Bereznicki, B ORCID: 0000-0001-8463-4817, Cooling, N ORCID: 0000-0003-3211-1656, Davies, JM and Johnston, J ORCID: 0000-0002-5150-8678 2021 , 'What are the health and socioeconomic impacts of allergic respiratory disease in Tasmania?' , Australian Health Review , A-I , doi: 10.1071/AH20200.

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Objective: The aim of this study was to quantify the direct and indirect costs of asthma and allergic rhinitis (AR) for2018 in Tasmania.Methods: We used publicly available data, and Tasmanian-specific values where available, to estimate direct andindirect costs of both diseases. Direct costs included outcomes such as emergency department (ED) presentations,hospitalisations, general practice visits and medication use. Indirect costs included premature mortality and lostproductivity.Results: Direct health impacts for both conditions combined included 1454 ED presentations, 682 hospitalisations,72 446 general practice visits and 7122 specialist visits. Indirect health impacts included 13 deaths and between 483 000and 2.8 million days of lost productivity. Total costs ranged between A$126.5 million and A$436.7 million for asthma andbetween A$65.3 million and A$259.7 million for AR. Per-person annual costs ranged between A$1918 and A$6617 forasthma and between A$597 and A$2374 for AR.Conclusions: The main financial burden due to asthma and AR was related to productivity losses from presenteeismand absenteeism. The magnitude of the economic impacts of AR and asthma warrants further analysis to produce anational-level assessment. Such analyses could identify cost-effective interventions that produce highest benefits for themanagement of these conditions in our community.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Borchers-Arriagada, N and Jones, P and Palmer, AJ and Bereznicki, B and Cooling, N and Davies, JM and Johnston, J
Keywords: absenteeism, allergic rhinitis, asthma, cost of illness, health costs, presenteeism
Journal or Publication Title: Australian Health Review
Publisher: C S I R O Publishing
ISSN: 0156-5788
DOI / ID Number: 10.1071/AH20200
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