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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2017  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 203-207

Costs incurred by patients with diabetes mellitus in a tertiary care hospital - a cross sectional study


Department of Community Medicine, Kamineni Institute of Medical Sciences, Sreepuram, India

Correspondence Address:
K Nagaraj
Professor and Head. Department of Community Medicine, Kamineni Institute of Medical Sciences, Sreepuram
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.15380/2277-5706.JCSR.16.12.002

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Background: Diabetes mellitus has emerged as a disease with huge economic burden in developing countries. As sparse data are available from South India regarding the costs incurred by patients with diabetes mellitus the present study was conducted. Methods: In this cross-sectional study, a pre-structured questionnaire had been administered to 80 patients with diabetes mellitus admitted to our tertiary care teaching hospital to assess the direct and indirect costs incurred. Results: The median [inter quartile range (IQR)] total direct costs incurred by the study subjects was found to be 8145 (IQR 4600-12150) during hospitalization at the time of the study. The median (IQR) direct costs incurred during two years prior to the study were found to be 19050 (IQR 12020-55400). The median (IQR) indirect costs incurred due to hospitalization during the study period were 0 (0-2025). Conclusions: The present study provides a real-time measurement of the direct and indirect costs incurred by patients with diabetes mellitus. This information could be useful to health administrators to plan providing care for patients with diabetes mellitus.


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