Healthcare Utilisation and Drug Treatment in a Large Cohort of Patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease
2016 (English)In: Journal of Crohn's & Colitis, ISSN 1873-9946, E-ISSN 1876-4479, Vol. 10, no 5, 556-565 p.Article in journal (Refereed) PublishedText
Crohn's disease [CD] and ulcerative colitis [UC] are chronic diseases associated with a substantial utilisation of healthcare resources. We aimed to estimate the prevalence of inflammatory bowel disease [IBD], CD, and UC and to describe and compare healthcare utilisation and drug treatment in CD and UC patients. This was a cross-sectional study of all patients with a recorded IBD diagnosis in Stockholm County, Sweden. Data on outpatient visits, hospitalisations, surgeries, and drug treatment during 2013 were analysed. A total of 13 916 patients with IBD were identified, corresponding to an overall IBD prevalence of 0.65% [CD 0.27%, UC 0.35%, inflammatory bowel disease unclassified 0.04%]; 49% of all IBD patients were treated with IBD-related drugs. Only 3.6% of the patients received high-dose corticosteroids, whereas 32.4% were treated with aminosalicylates [CD 21.2%, UC 41.0%, p < 0.0001]. More CD patients were treated with biologicals compared with UC patients [CD 9.6%, UC 2.9%, p < 0.0001] and surgery was significantly more common among CD patients [CD 3.0%, UC 0.8%, p < 0.0001]. This study indicates that patients with CD are the group with the highest medical needs. Patients with CD utilised significantly more healthcare resources [including outpatient visits, hospitalisations, and surgeries] than UC patients. Twice as many CD patients received immunomodulators compared with UC patients and CD patients were treated with biologicals three times more often. These results highlight that CD remains a challenge and further efforts are needed to improve care in these patients.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. Vol. 10, no 5, 556-565 p.
Inflammatory bowel disease, healthcare utilisation, drug treatment
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-298688DOI: 10.1093/ecco-jcc/jjv243ISI: 000376391100008PubMedID: 26733406OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-298688DiVA: diva2:947185