Title: Cost of low back pain in Switzerland in 2005
Authors : Wieser, Simon
Horisberger, Bruno
Schmidhauser, Sara
Eisenring, Claudia
Brügger, Urs
Ruckstuhl, Andreas
Dietrich, Jürg
Mannion, Anne F.
Elfering, Achim
Tamcan, Özgür
Müller, Urs
Published in : Journal of Health Economics
Volume(Issue) : 12
Issue : 5
Pages : 455
Pages to: 467
Publisher / Ed. Institution : Elsevier
Issue Date: Oct-2011
License (according to publishing contract) : Licence according to publishing contract
Type of review: Peer review (Publication)
Language : English
Subjects : Gesundheitsökonomie; WIG; Krankheitskosten; Rückenschmerz
Subject (DDC) : 362: Health and social services
617.5: Orthopaedic surgery
Abstract: Low back pain (LBP) is the most prevalent health problem in Switzerland and a leading cause of reduced work performance and disability. This study estimated the total cost of LBP in Switzerland in 2005 from a societal perspective using a bottom-up prevalence-based cost-of-illness approach. The study considers more cost categories than are typically investigated and includes the costs associated with a multitude of LBP sufferers who are not under medical care. The findings are based on a questionnaire completed by a sample of 2,507 German-speaking respondents, of whom 1,253 suffered from LBP in the last 4 weeks; 346 of these were receiving medical treatment for their LBP. Direct costs of LBP were estimated at €2.6 billion and direct medical costs at 6.1% of the total healthcare expenditure in Switzerland. Productivity losses were estimated at €4.1 billion with the human capital approach and €2.2 billion with the friction cost approach. Presenteeism was the single most prominent cost category. The total economic burden of LBP to Swiss society was between 1.6% and 2.3% of GDP.
Departement: School of Engineering
Organisational Unit: Institute of Data Analysis and Process Design (IDP)
Publication type: Article in scientific Journal
DOI : 10.1007/s10198-010-0258-y
ISSN: 0167-6296
URI: https://digitalcollection.zhaw.ch/handle/11475/7230
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