Publication type: Article in scientific journal
Type of review: Peer review (publication)
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
DOI: 10.1007/s10198-010-0258-y
Published in: Journal of Health Economics
Volume(Issue): 12
Issue: 5
Page(s): 455
Pages to: 467
Issue Date: Oct-2011
Publisher / Ed. Institution: Elsevier
ISSN: 0167-6296
Language: English
Subjects: Gesundheitsökonomie; WIG; Krankheitskosten; Rückenschmerz
Subject (DDC): 362.1041: Health economics
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.
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Departement: School of Engineering
Organisational Unit: Institute of Data Analysis and Process Design (IDP)
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Wieser, S., Horisberger, B., Schmidhauser, S., Eisenring, C., Brügger, U., Ruckstuhl, A., Dietrich, J., Mannion, A. F., Elfering, A., Tamcan, Ö., & Müller, U. (2011). Cost of low back pain in Switzerland in 2005. Journal of Health Economics, 12(5), 455–467.
Wieser, S. et al. (2011) ‘Cost of low back pain in Switzerland in 2005’, Journal of Health Economics, 12(5), pp. 455–467. Available at:
S. Wieser et al., “Cost of low back pain in Switzerland in 2005,” Journal of Health Economics, vol. 12, no. 5, pp. 455–467, Oct. 2011, doi: 10.1007/s10198-010-0258-y.
WIESER, Simon, Bruno HORISBERGER, Sara SCHMIDHAUSER, Claudia EISENRING, Urs BRÜGGER, Andreas RUCKSTUHL, Jürg DIETRICH, Anne F. MANNION, Achim ELFERING, Özgür TAMCAN und Urs MÜLLER, 2011. Cost of low back pain in Switzerland in 2005. Journal of Health Economics. Oktober 2011. Bd. 12, Nr. 5, S. 455–467. DOI 10.1007/s10198-010-0258-y
Wieser, Simon, Bruno Horisberger, Sara Schmidhauser, Claudia Eisenring, Urs Brügger, Andreas Ruckstuhl, Jürg Dietrich, et al. 2011. “Cost of Low Back Pain in Switzerland in 2005.” Journal of Health Economics 12 (5): 455–67.
Wieser, Simon, et al. “Cost of Low Back Pain in Switzerland in 2005.” Journal of Health Economics, vol. 12, no. 5, Oct. 2011, pp. 455–67,

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