Resource utilization associated with irritable bowel syndrome in the United States 1987-1997

Ya Chen Tina Shih, Victoria E. Barghout, Robert S. Sandler, Priti Jhingran, Medha Sasane, Suzanne Cook, David C. Gibbons, Michael Halpern

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Abstract

This study uses national databases to examine the impact of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) on resource utilization in the United States. Approximately 1.5-2.7 million physician visits (599-1043 per 100,000) yearly were related to IBS, with 45.3% seen by gastroenterologists, and 89% prescribed medications. Rates of physician visits by women were approximately 2.4-3.3 times higher than that for men. The average number of medication prescribed per visit was 1.83. Approximately 89% of the visits were prescribed with medications. The rate of hospitalization (5.1 per 100,000 in 1997) decreased by 60% and length of stay decreased from 5.5 to 3.1 days in the past decade. The average charges of IBS-related hospitalization were US$7,882. Our study found an apparent decreasing trend of IBS-related hospitalizations and no marked increase in office consultations in the past decade. However, a better case identification criterion is necessary to estimate the true disease burden.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1705-1715
Number of pages11
JournalDigestive Diseases and Sciences
Volume47
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes

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Hospitalization
Women Physicians
Length of Stay
Referral and Consultation
Databases
Physicians

Keywords

  • Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey
  • National Disease and Therapeutic Index
  • National Hospital Discharge Survey
  • National Inpatient Sample
  • Resource utilization

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  • Gastroenterology

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Resource utilization associated with irritable bowel syndrome in the United States 1987-1997. / Shih, Ya Chen Tina; Barghout, Victoria E.; Sandler, Robert S.; Jhingran, Priti; Sasane, Medha; Cook, Suzanne; Gibbons, David C.; Halpern, Michael.

In: Digestive Diseases and Sciences, Vol. 47, No. 8, 2002, p. 1705-1715.

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Shih, YCT, Barghout, VE, Sandler, RS, Jhingran, P, Sasane, M, Cook, S, Gibbons, DC & Halpern, M 2002, 'Resource utilization associated with irritable bowel syndrome in the United States 1987-1997', Digestive Diseases and Sciences, vol. 47, no. 8, pp. 1705-1715. https://doi.org/10.1023/A:1016471923384
Shih, Ya Chen Tina ; Barghout, Victoria E. ; Sandler, Robert S. ; Jhingran, Priti ; Sasane, Medha ; Cook, Suzanne ; Gibbons, David C. ; Halpern, Michael. / Resource utilization associated with irritable bowel syndrome in the United States 1987-1997. In: Digestive Diseases and Sciences. 2002 ; Vol. 47, No. 8. pp. 1705-1715.
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