Infective conjunctivitis was shown to cause economic burden in two posters presented by Jay Stuart Prepose MD, PhD, of the Prepose Vision Institute in Chesterfield, MO, during the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s 2018 annual meeting in Chicago.
In the first study, investigators found that family health care costs increased with each new family member infected, as well as with increased transmission time. Researchers used the Optum Healthcare Solutions database to estimate total conjunctivitis episode costs, including the cost of care in seed patients and infected family members. Overall, nearly 900,000 seed patients experienced ~1.1 million episodes. Among the results:
In the second study, Dr. Prepose found that conjunctivitis can lead to notable financial burden, including medically-related absenteeism. He and his colleagues used the Optum database to identify individuals with (n=~1 million) and without (n=~4.9 million) conjunctivitis. They compared direct and indirect costs over 2 months following diagnosis of conjunctivitis (or 2 months after an assigned date in those without the infection). Among the results:
Prepose J, Cheung H, Bobbili P, Joseph C, Du M. Impact of infectious conjunctivitis transmission in families on direct all-cause health-care costs: A U.S. claims analysis. Poster presented at: AAO 2018 annual meeting; October, 26-30, 2018; Chicago.
Prepose J, Cheung H, Bobbili P, Joseph C, Du M. Direct and indirect costs of infectious conjunctivitis in the general population: A U.S. claims analysis. Poster presented at: AAO 2018 annual meeting; October, 26-30, 2018; Chicago.