There is a substantial and increasing financial burden of emergency department (ED) visits for atopic dermatitis or eczema (AD-E) in the US, according to a recent study. Researchers suggest that interventions are needed to decrease ED visits for AD. They conducted a cross-sectional study of the 2006–2012 National Emergency Department Sample (NEDS), including a 20% sample of ED visits throughout the US (n=198,102,435). They found:
- The mean annual incidence of ED visits with a primary diagnosis of AD-E was 3,368.4 to 3.553.0 per-million persons.
- The prevalence of ED visits for AD-E increased significantly from 2006 to 2012 (survey logistic regression).
- ED visits with vs without a primary diagnosis of AD-E were associated with younger patient age, Medicaid or no insurance, lower household income-quartiles, and more likely to occur during weekends and summer months.
- The geometric mean and total costs of ED visits for AD-E significantly increased from $369.07 and $127,275,080 in 2006 to $642.10 and $265,541,084 in 2012, respectively.
Kwa L, Silverberg JI. Financial burden of emergency department visits for atopic dermatitis in the United States. [Published online ahead of print May 22, 2018]. J Am Acad Dermatol. doi:10.1016/j.jaad.2018.05.025.
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