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Impact of disability status on ischemic stroke costs in Canada in the first year.
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PMID:  23041400     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Background: Longitudinal, patient-level data on resource use and costs after an ischemic stroke are lacking in Canada. The objectives of this analysis were to calculate costs for the first year post-stroke and determine the impact of disability on costs. Methodology: The Economic Burden of Ischemic Stroke (BURST) Study was a one-year prospective study with a cohort of ischemic stroke patients recruited at 12 Canadian stroke centres. Clinical history, disability, health preference and resource utilization information was collected at discharge, three months, six months and one year. Resources included direct medical costs (2009 CAN$) such as emergency services, hospitalizations, rehabilitation, physician services, diagnostics, medications, allied health professional services, homecare, medical/assistive devices, changes to residence and paid caregivers, as well as indirect costs. Results were stratified by disability measured at discharge using the modified Rankin Score (mRS): non-disabling stroke (mRS 0-2) and disabling stroke (mRS 3-5). Results: We enrolled 232 ischemic stroke patients (age 69.4 ± 15.4 years; 51.3% male) and 113 (48.7%) were disabled at hospital discharge. The average annual cost was $74,353; $107,883 for disabling strokes and $48,339 for non-disabling strokes. Conclusions: An average annual cost for ischemic stroke was calculated in which a disabling stroke was associated with a two-fold increase in costs compared to NDS. Costs during the hospitalization to three months phase were the highest contributor to the annual cost. A "back of the envelope" calculation using 38,000 stroke admissions and the average annual cost yields $2.8 billion as the burden of ischemic stroke.
Nicole Mittmann; Soo Jin Seung; Michael D Hill; Stephen J Phillips; Vladimir Hachinski; Robert Coté; Brian H Buck; Ariane Mackey; David J Gladstone; David C Howse; Ashfaq Shuaib; Mike Sharma
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Canadian journal of neurological sciences. Le journal canadien des sciences neurologiques     Volume:  39     ISSN:  0317-1671     ISO Abbreviation:  Can J Neurol Sci     Publication Date:  2012 Nov 
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Created Date:  2012-10-08     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0415227     Medline TA:  Can J Neurol Sci     Country:  Canada    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  793-800     Citation Subset:  IM    
Research Centre, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre Department of Pharmacology, University of Toronto International Centre for Health Innovation, Richard Ivey Business School, Western University.
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