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Obesity Burden & Hospitalization in IBD Patients

Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol; ePub 2018 Jul 15; Nguyen, et al

In patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), obesity is independently associated with higher burden and costs of hospitalizations, a recent study found. Using the Nationwide Readmissions Database 2013, researchers identified obese and non-obese patients who had been hospitalized at least once, from January through June 2013, and followed them for re-hospitalization until December 2013. Total days spent in hospital, costs, causes, and outcomes of hospitalization between obese and non-obese patients after 1:1 propensity score matching was compared. Among the findings:

  • 42,285 patients with IBD were identified; 12.4% were obese.
  • After propensity score matching, 5,128 obese and 5,128 non-obese IBD patients were included in the analysis.
  • Obese patients spent more days in hospital annually vs non-obese patients (median, 8 vs 5 days), with higher hospitalization-related costs.
  • Obese patients were also more likely to be hospitalized with preventable admissions or cardiopulmonary complications.

Citation:

Nguyen NH, Ohno-Machado L, Sandborn WJ, Singh S. Obesity is independently associated with higher annual burden and costs of hospitalization in patients with inflammatory bowel diseases. [Published online ahead of print July 15, 2018]. Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. doi:10.1016/j.cgh.2018.07.006.

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