Dr Peter Fagenholz and colleagues determined the direct medical costs of hospitalizations for acute pancreatitis in the United States.
The investigative team also analyzed the demographic characteristics of hospitalized patients, hospitalization rates, and total hospital charges and costs.
The team searched the 2,003 Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project-National Inpatient Sample for hospitalizations with a primary discharge diagnosis of acute pancreatitis.
|Acute pancreatitis hospitalizations cost more than $2 billion annually|
The investigators found that the estimated total cost for acute pancreatitis admissions was $2,2 billion at a mean cost per hospitalization of $9,870.
The mean cost per hospital day was $1,670.
The investigators observed that the costs per hospitalization were higher in urban hospitals, and teaching hospitals.
The costs per hospitalization were also higher for patients older than 65 years, based on a longer length of stay.
The hospitalization rate was 0.5 per 1000 US population for whites versus 0.8 per 1000 for blacks.
Dr Fagenholz‘s team concluded, "Acute pancreatitis hospitalizations cost more than $2 billion annually."
"Certain population groups (blacks and older patients) have disproportionately high hospitalization rates."
"This study highlights the need for prevention efforts, particularly targeting high-risk groups,"
"In addition, further studies are needed to identify cost effective treatment strategies for acute pancreatitis."