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J Occup Environ Med. 2002 Feb;44(2):136-42.

Disability and its economic impact among adults with diabetes.

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Office of Program Audit and Evaluation, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, US Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW, Room N3641, Washington, DC 20210, USA.


The objective of this study was to estimate the annual cost of disability among people with diabetes. Data from the 1994 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (n = 83,566) of US individuals aged 18 to 64 years were used to estimate the annual cost of disability among people with self-reported diabetes. After we adjusted for relevant socioeconomic characteristics, logistic regression analyses demonstrated that people with diabetes are more likely to stop working outside the home (for men: adjusted odds ratio, 3.1; 95% confidence interval, 1.2 to 8.0; for women: adjusted odds ratio, 2.9; 95% confidence interval, 1.0 to 8.8). The annual cost of disability among people with diabetes was estimated at $9.3 billion in 1994. Disability among people with diabetes is a major public health problem. Efforts to reduce disability in this population could create substantial gains in productivity.

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