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Does Location Matter in Healthcare Resource Use in Atopic Dermatitis?

In the US, patients with atopic dermatitis (AD) from the Midwest have differential access to outpatient care, which may result in higher emergency department (ED) usage. Researchers conducted a cross-sectional study to compare healthcare resource use and cost of AD among US census regions. They found:

  • An estimated total of 6,348,578 patients with AD were pooled.
  • Compared to the remainder of the country, Midwest AD patients utilized the fewest ambulatory visits.
  • The proportion of patients with ≥1 ED visits was highest in the Midwest, followed by the South, Northeast, and West.


Wu KK, et al. Does location matter? Geographic variations in healthcare resource use for atopic dermatitis in the United States. [Published online ahead of print August 16, 2019]. J Dermatol Treat. doi: 10.1080/09546634.2019.1656796.