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Hosp Top. 2013 Apr-Jun;91(2):37-42. doi: 10.1080/00185868.2013.806011.

Economic recession and headache-related hospital admissions.

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Department of Management and Entrepreneurship, Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH, USA.

Abstract

Incidence of headaches across different regions and its relationship to unemployment rates in the United States before and during an economic recession was evaluated. Years 2008 and 2009 were determined as recessionary period. Headache-related admissions, particularly the uncomplicated headaches, increased significantly during recession. Proportion of women with headaches has increased and the age group of 25-54 years was the most affected during the recession. The hospital charges have increased even though the average length and charge of stay decreased. These findings are consistent with our understanding of effects of stress and unemployment on psychological and physical health.

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23822548
DOI:
10.1080/00185868.2013.806011
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