The researchers determined the demographic characteristics of individuals who obtained health care for dyspepsia in the United States, and reported their findings in April's Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology.
Data from the 1987 National Medical Expenditure Survey, which was based on a national probability sample of the US adult population, was analyzed.
|Estimated costs of care for dyspepsia in USA totaled $2.5 billion.
|Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology|
The team found that approximately 3.6 million individuals, or 2% of US adults, obtained care for dyspepsia.
Compared with the US population, a predominance of women, individuals 65 years or older, and African Americans obtained care for dyspepsia.
Expenditures for the health care totaled $2.5 billion, which included physician office visits, hospital clinic visits, emergency room visits, hospitalizations, and prescription drugs for dyspepsia.
Dr Linda Rabeneck, of the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, concluded, "Given the major impact of dyspepsia on US health care resources, a critical issue facing investigators is to identify the most cost-effective approach to managing these patients."