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Arq Neuropsiquiatr. 2014 May;72(5):337-43.

ENCOMS: Argentinian survey in cost of illness and unmet needs in multiple sclerosis.

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1
Fleni, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
2
Instituto Neurociencias de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
3
Private Office, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
4
Hospital San Bernardo, Argentina.
5
Hospital Fernandez, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
6
SMYL, Argentina.
7
Centro Regional Integral de Neurociencia, Argentina.
8
Hospital Julio Mendez, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
9
Fundacion Favaloro, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
10
Instituto Argentino de Investigación Neurologica, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
11
Centro Neurologico Integral, Argentina.
12
Instituto de Neurociencias Cordoba, Cordoba, Argentina.
13
Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
14
Novartis, Argentina.
15
Novartis Latinoamerica & Canada, Argentina.

Abstract

The objective of the study was to assess the cost of multiple sclerosis (MS) patients in Argentina categorized by disease severity using a societal perspective.

METHOD:

Cross-sectional study including MS patients from 21 MS centers in 12 cities of Argentina. Patients were stratified by disease severity using the expanded disability status scale (EDSS) (group 1 with EDSS score between 0 and 3; group 2 with EDSS >3 and <7; group 3 with EDSS ≥7). Direct and indirect costs were analyzed for the second quarter of 2012 from public sources and converted to US Dollars.

RESULTS:

266 patients were included. Mean annual cost per MS patient was USD 36,025 (95%CI 31,985-38,068) for patients with an EDSS between 0-3; USD 40,705 (95%CI 37,199-46,300) for patients with EDSS >3 and <7, and USD 50,712 (95%CI 47,825-62,104) for patients with EDSS ≥7.

CONCLUSIONS:

This is the first Argentine study evaluating the costs of MS considering disease severity.

PMID:
24863508
DOI:
10.1590/0004-282x20140016
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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