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Blood Press. 2002;11(3):151-6.

The pandora project: cost of hypertension from a general practitioner database.

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  • 1PBE Consulting, Verona, Italy. patrizia.berto@pbe.it

Abstract

AIM:

The Pandora Project is a longitudinal database--implemented by general practitioners since June 1997 in the Ravenna area (Italy)--providing information on patients with hypertension. Data from 1,651 patients were followed up for I year in order to investigate the cost of hypertension. Only direct medical costs were considered in the perspective of the National Healthcare System.

FINDINGS:

At enrollment, 552 patients were classified as normotensive, 1,099 as hypertensive. After 1 year, among normotensive group, 352 patients remained normotensive and 200 became hypertensive; among hypertensive group, 323 patients became normotensive and 776 remained hypertensive. The average total cost per patient at follow-up was 779.59 Euros. About 46% of total cost was due to anti-hypertensive therapy, irrespective of the evolution of blood pressure levels registered, whilst other direct costs represented 54% of total patient cost in all cohorts. It is possible that co-morbidities play a significant role in this situation. Patient aged 80-89 years generate higher costs. Even if further investigation is needed on the burden of comorbidity on a per-patient cost of hypertension, this work provides evidence that the average total cost per patient is likely to increase with age and co-morbidities. Key words: cost-of-illness, costs, economics, hypertension.

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12126261
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