Cost of Alzheimer’s Patients Care Seen to Climb Year Before Diagnosis

Cost of Alzheimer’s Patients Care Seen to Climb Year Before Diagnosis
Results from a recent study published in the Scandinavian Journal of Public Health show that mean healthcare costs of patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD) are significantly higher than of a similar age without AD, starting to increase one year before diagnosis and peaking six months after the disease is found. For the study, titled “Hospital care and drug costs from five years before until two years after the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease in a Finnish nationwide cohort,” a team of researchers from the University of Eastern Finland collected data from the Finnish Medication Use and Alzheimer's Disease Study (MEDALZ) of clinically verified AD diagnoses between 2005 and 2011. They used the data to investigate costs related to hospital care and drug treatment among 70,718 patients with AD living in their own home, from five years before until two years after diagnosis, as compared with hospital care and drug costs in an equal number of non-AD patients of similar age, region and gender. Data on AD diagnoses was taken from the Finnish Social Insurance Institution's Reimbursement Register, data on hospital days from the Finnish Hospital Discharge Register, and data on medication from the Finnish Social Insurance Institution's Prescription Register. Additionally, data of medical care costs was derived from the prescripti
Subscribe or to access all post and page content.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *