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The economic burden to the public health system of treating non-viral injecting-related injury and disease in Australia (a cost of illness analysis)

Sweeney, Rohan, Conroy, Andrew B., Dwyer, Robyn and Aitken, Campbell K. 2009, The economic burden to the public health system of treating non-viral injecting-related injury and disease in Australia (a cost of illness analysis), Australian and New Zealand journal of public health, vol. 33, no. 4, pp. 352-357, doi: 10.1111/j.1753-6405.2009.00407.x.

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Title The economic burden to the public health system of treating non-viral injecting-related injury and disease in Australia (a cost of illness analysis)
Author(s) Sweeney, Rohan
Conroy, Andrew B.
Dwyer, Robyn
Aitken, Campbell K.
Journal name Australian and New Zealand journal of public health
Volume number 33
Issue number 4
Start page 352
End page 357
Total pages 6
Publisher Wiley
Place of publication Milton, Qld.
Publication date 2009-08
ISSN 1326-0200
1753-6405
Keyword(s) Adolescent
Adult
Aged
Australia
Confidence Intervals
Cost of Illness
Cross-Sectional Studies
Female
Health Care Costs
Health Services
Humans
Male
Middle Aged
Public Health
Substance Abuse, Intravenous
Wounds and Injuries
Young Adult
Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Public, Environmental & Occupational Health
economic burden
injecting drug use
injecting-related injury and disease
Summary OBJECTIVE: We estimated the cost to the public health system of treating Injecting-Related Injuries and Diseases (IRIDs) in the three most populous states in Australia in the 12 months over 2005/06.
METHODS: We conducted a cost of illness analysis from the perspective of the public health system. Costs of treating IRIDs in the community were estimated from health service utilisation surveys of injecting drug users and physicians (yielding data on Government subsidised physician visits, medicines prescribed and emergency department presentations). Data on admitted hospitalisations in public hospitals due to IRIDs were extracted from State Government databases. Appropriate costs were attached to all Government-borne services and prescriptions to estimate the total cost to the public health system of treating IRIDs in 2005/06 in Queensland, NSW and Victoria.
RESULTS: Our estimate of the cost to the public health system of treating IRIDs in Queensland, NSW and Victoria in 2005/06 was $20 million.
CONCLUSION: IRIDs are an under-recognised harm resulting from injecting drug use, but the economic burden of IRIDs in Australia are non-negligible. Research is needed to identify cost effective programs to reduce the clinical and economic burden caused by IRIDs, particularly to reduce hospitalisations due to IRIDs.
IMPLICATIONS: General practitioners, clinicians and other health workers need to be alert to IRIDs in their injecting drug user clients to prevent progression to more serious disease and consequent elevation of the associated economic costs.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/j.1753-6405.2009.00407.x
Field of Research 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
1117 Public Health And Health Services
1402 Applied Economics
1605 Policy And Administration
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2009, The Authors
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30091771

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Population Health
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