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Evidence about the total cost of health, absence, short-term disability, and productivity losses was synthesized for 10 health conditions. Cost estimates from a large medical/absence database were combined with findings from several published productivity surveys. Ranges of condition prevalence and associated absenteeism and presenteeism(More)
CONTEXT Treatment-resistant depression is a significant public health problem with profound effects on general medical and mental health-related health care costs. OBJECTIVE To describe health care costs of patients with treatment-resistant depression as their illness progresses, in terms of pharmaceutical and medical expenditures, and to identify factors(More)
OBJECTIVES To determine the healthcare costs of acute and chronic pain associated with herpes zoster. DESIGN Retrospective cohort analysis. SETTING Inpatient and outpatient care. PARTICIPANTS Patients were selected from Medicare, commercial insurance, and Medicaid claims databases if they had a diagnosis of herpes zoster or postherpetic neuralgia(More)
The purpose of this study was to assess the effect of anterior load carriage on obstacle-crossing behaviour, with a focus on lower limb gait parameters. Nine male participants (age 23+/-1.8 years, height 176+/-5.0cm) volunteered. Participants either walked without a load (No Load), or carried a load (2KG (empty box), 5KG, 10KG), and stepped over a 20cm(More)
OBJECTIVE This study aims to estimate the burden of currently having depressive symptoms on quality of life independently and in combination with various chronic conditions/health concerns among adults with Medicare Supplement Insurance (i.e., Medigap) coverage. METHODS Data were obtained from the Health Update Survey (HUS). The HUS contains questions on(More)
BACKGROUND Obese, older adults often have multiple chronic conditions resulting in multiple health care encounters. However, their satisfaction and experiences with care are not well understood. The objective of this study was to examine the independent impact of obesity on patient satisfaction and experiences with care in adults 65 years of age and older(More)
BACKGROUND On average, Medicare Supplement insureds take about seven unique prescription medications each year, resulting in substantial out-of-pocket drug copayments, in addition to Medicare Supplement and Part D premiums. To help alleviate this financial burden, many individuals resort to cost-saving strategies that are not trackable by Part D insurance(More)
BACKGROUND Both financial literacy (managing personal finances) and health literacy (managing personal health) become increasingly important for older adults, potentially impacting their quality of life. Resources in these constructs of literacy tend to be distinct, although the skills and decision-making involved overlap as financial issues impact(More)
Objective: Obesity is a contributor to increased chronic conditions resulting in higher utilization of medical services among broad populations of older adults. The objective of this study was to evaluate the magnitude of the impact of weight on health care use patterns among Medicare Supplement insureds. Method: We estimated the impact of weight as a(More)