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OA Linked with Major Health Care Resource Use

Osteoarthritis Cartilage; ePub 2017 Dec 18; Menon, et al

Osteoarthritis (OA) was associated with significant incremental health care resource utilization, expenditures, absenteeism, and absenteeism costs, a recent study found. Researchers used the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) for 2011 as data source. Individuals aged ≥18 years and employed during 2011 were eligible for inclusion in the sample for analyses. Of the total sample, 1,354 were diagnosed with OA, and compared to non-OA individuals. They found:

  • Regression models revealed incremental mean annual resource use associated with OA of 0.07 hospitalizations, equal to 70 additional hospitalizations per 100 osteoarthritic patients annually, and 3.63 outpatient visits, equal to 363 additional visits per 100 osteoarthritic patients annually.
  • Mean annual incremental total expenditures associated with OA were $2,046.
  • Annually, mean incremental expenditures were largest for inpatient expenditures at $826, followed by mean incremental outpatient expenditures of $659, and mean incremental medication expenditures of $325.
  • Mean annual incremental absenteeism was 2.2 days and mean annual incremental absenteeism costs were $715.74.
  • Total direct expenditures were estimated at $41.7 billion.


Menon J, Mishra P. Health care resource use, health care expenditures and absenteeism costs associated with osteoarthritis in US healthcare system. [Published online ahead of print December 18, 2017]. Osteoarthritis Cartilage. doi:10.1016/j.joca.2017.12.007.

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