The impact of psoriasis on health care costs and patient work loss.

@article{Fowler2008TheIO,
  title={The impact of psoriasis on health care costs and patient work loss.},
  author={Joseph F. Fowler and Mei Sheng Duh and Ludmila Rovba and Sharon Buteau and Lisa Pinheiro and Francis Lobo and Jennifer U Sung and Joseph J. Doyle and Andrine R Swensen and David A. Mallett and George Kosicki},
  journal={Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology},
  year={2008},
  volume={59 5},
  pages={772-80}
}
BACKGROUND There are few comprehensive estimates of the cost of psoriasis in the United States. OBJECTIVE We sought to quantify the incremental direct medical and indirect work loss costs associated with psoriasis. METHODS A de-identified claims database from 31 self-insured employers during the period 1998 to 2005 was used. Patients with at least two psoriasis diagnosis claims (N = 12,280) were compared with 3 control subjects (matched on year of birth and sex) without psoriasis… CONTINUE READING