A Population-Based Study of Hospital Care Costs During 5 Years After Transient Ischemic Attack and Stroke

ArticleinStroke 43(12) · November 2012with3 Reads
DOI: 10.1161/STROKEAHA.112.667204 · Source: PubMed
Background and purpose: Few studies have evaluated long-term costs after stroke onset, with almost no cost data for transient ischemic attack (TIA). We studied hospital costs during the 5 years after TIA or stroke in a population-based study. Methods: Patients from a United Kingdom population-based cohort study (Oxford Vascular Study) were recruited from 2002 to 2007. Analysis was based on follow-up until 2010. Hospital resource usage was obtained from patient hospital records and valued using 2008/2009 unit costs. Because not all patients had full 5-year follow-up, we used nonparametric censoring techniques. Results: Among 485 TIA and 729 stroke patients ascertained and included, mean censor-adjusted 5-year hospital costs after index stroke were $25,741 (95% confidence interval, 23,659-27,914), with costs varying considerably by severity: $21,134 after minor stroke; $33,119 after moderate stroke; and $28,552 after severe stroke. For the 239 surviving stroke patients who had reached final follow-up, mean costs were $24,383 (95% confidence interval, 20,156-28,595), with more than half of costs ($12,972) being incurred in the first year after the event. After index TIA, the mean censor-adjusted 5-year costs were $18,091 (95% confidence interval, 15,947-20,258). A multivariate analysis showed that event severity, recurrent stroke, and coronary events after the index event were independent predictors of 5-year costs. Differences by stroke subtype were mostly explained by stroke severity and subsequent events. Conclusions: Long-term hospital costs after TIA and stroke are considerable, but they are mainly incurred during the first year after the index event. Event severity and experiencing subsequent stroke and coronary events after the index event accounted for much of the increase in costs.
    • "The main subtypes of ischemic stroke include large artery atherosclerosis (LAA), cardioembolic stroke (CES), and small vessel disease (SVD) [5]. Compared with first stroke, recurrent stroke is more disabling , fatal, and costly [7, 8]. Thus, evidence-based advances in stroke recurrence prediction and second stroke prevention are very important. "
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Recent genome-wide association studies have identified two variants rs10033464 and rs2200733 on chromosome 4q25, significantly associated with ischemic stroke risk. We conducted this study to investigate whether these two variants were associated with age at onset and prognosis of ischemic stroke in a Chinese population. Genotyping of rs10033464 and rs2200733 was performed by improved multiple ligase detection reaction. One-way ANOVA was used to compare the mean age of ischemic stroke onset for each variant. Combined effects of these two variants on age at ischemic stroke onset were then estimated. Kaplan-Meier method, log-rank test, and the Cox proportional hazards regression models were used to assess the effect of the two variants on ischemic stroke prognosis. A total of 914 ischemic stroke patients were included in the study. Rs10033464 and rs2200733 were not associated with ischemic stroke recurrence (P > 0.05). However, rs10033464 TT genotype was significantly correlated with early age of ischemic stroke onset (60.76 for GG, 61.74 for GT, 55.47 for TT, TT vs. GT: P = 0.043). Combined effects analysis revealed that mean age at ischemic stroke onset decreased with increasing genetic risk score (P = 0.038). The findings indicated that the chromosome 4q25 variants might associate with early age at onset of ischemic stroke. Further larger studies in other populations are warranted to validate our results.
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    • "When analyzing which baseline variables were independently associated with the total cost, we noted that only baseline NIHSS and previous hypertension predicted a higher cost. The influence of previous hypertension on the cost of stroke has not been found to be significant in other studies [17, 19]. Therefore, this influence needs to be explored in other studies designed for this purpose. "
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Objectives: Stroke is a major social and health problem. However, since the recent incorporation of new advances in its management, little is known about the cost of stroke. The aim of this study is to find out the real cost of stroke in Spain. Methods: This is an epidemiological, observational, prospective, multicenter study of patients diagnosed with stroke and admitted to a stroke unit. Patients were recruited from 16 hospitals throughout Spain and followed up for 1 year. Sociodemographic, clinical, and economic data were collected. Costs (€ 2012) were estimated from the social perspective and were divided into direct healthcare (inpatient, outpatient, and medication), direct non-healthcare (mainly formal and informal care) and labor productivity losses. Results: A total of 321 patients were included. Mean age was 72.1 years and 176 patients (54.8 %) were male. Total average cost per patient/year was €27,711. Direct healthcare costs amounted to €8491 per patient/year (68.8 % due to inpatient costs) and non-healthcare costs to an average of €18,643 per patient/year (89.5 % due to informal care). Productivity loss costs per patient/year were €276. Total costs of hemorrhagic strokes were slightly higher than ischemic (€28,895 vs. €27,569 per patient/year, p = 0.550) without significant differences. The main variables associated with higher costs were the presence of hypertension (€30,332 vs. €23,234 per patient/year, p < 0.05) and the severity of stroke (p < 0.05), both independently associated after a multivariate analysis. Conclusions: The cost of patients admitted to stroke units in Spain is €27,711 per patient/year. More than two-thirds are social costs, mainly informal care. Stroke remains a major burden on health systems and society, so additional efforts are needed for its prevention.
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    • "A further sum of €11.1 billion is calculated for the value of informal care [5]. The already overstretched health resources worldwide emphasize the need for early supported discharge (ESD) of stroke patients [3, 6], because a large part of the stroke care costs are spent on inpatient rehabilitation services [7, 8]. A large number of stroke patients are using inpatient services because they are not safe and independent in their mobility. "
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