Musculoskeletal Pain & Analgesia | Health Systems & Services Research | Health Service Delivery & Management | Pain Management: Chronic Clinical
PROGRAMME ACCORD – healthcare resource use and productivity losses among patients with fibromyalgia
A Lacasse*, P Bourgault, J Charest, I Gaumond, D Dion, S Marchand, M Choinière
*Corresponding author: A Lacasse
Département des Sciences de la Santé, Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Quebec, Canada
F1000Posters 2012, 3: 132 (poster) [English]
Poster [904.39 KB]
World Congress on Pain 2010, 29 Aug - 2 Sep 2010, PH 088
Fibromyalgia (FM) is a chronic pain syndrome with a substantial impact on physical functioning, mental health, and quality of life. As part of the assessment of the chronic pain burden, healthcare resource use and productivity losses are important outcomes, and provide information that can help address resource allocation. The objective of this study was to describe pain-related healthcare resource use and productivity losses among patients with FM.
Our findings suggest that FM is associated with substantial use of healthcare resources, productivity losses, and low rates of employment, which can be expected to increase overall costs for the patients, the healthcare system, and the third-party insurer. Even non-working patients experience non-negligible losses in household productivity as a result of chronic pain. This potentially significant economic burden highlights the need for cost-of-illness studies that provide accurate estimates of direct costs and productivity costs of FM from a societal perspective.
No relevant competing interests disclosed.
Canadian Institutes of Health Research in partnership with AstraZeneca and Pfizer Canada Inc, #CAH-86787
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