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Utilization of health care resources by individuals with inflammatory bowel disease in the United States: a profile of time since diagnosis.

Authors
  • Longobardi, Teresa
  • Jacobs, Phillip
  • Bernstein, Charles N
Type
Published Article
Journal
The American journal of gastroenterology
Publication Date
Apr 01, 2004
Volume
99
Issue
4
Pages
650–655
Identifiers
PMID: 15089897
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Specialist physicians are visited by IBD patients, and prescription medications are provided to treat IBD patients throughout their lives. This is a statistically significant trend that is viewed from onset of the disease to up to 62 yr with IBD. Our results also suggest, at least tentatively, that patients within the first 5 yr after the onset of the disease have a stronger tendency than the general population to visit an emergency room, to be hospitalized, and to have been both hospitalized and to have had surgery. If these results were borne out by further studies, then this would indicate that we can measure the greatest proportion of treatment effects on these resources within a relatively short period.

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