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.
Fulltext version: Published version
License (according to publishing contract): Licence according to publishing contract
Departement: School of Engineering
Organisational Unit: Institute of Data Analysis and Process Design (IDP)
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