Surveys detail high cost of irritable bowel. (More Doctor Visits, Missed Work).
Mugdha Gore, Ph.D., reported that among patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), each had spent an average of $258 for the CI disorder in the past 3 months. And 81% were on at least three therapies: one prescription, one OTC, and one alternative. Moreover, 43% of the patients were taking at least two agents from each of these three classes for their IBS, added Dr. Gore of Philadelphia.
In a study conducted for Novartis Pharmaceuticals, she mailed a detailed questionnaire to 1,340 members of the Intestinal Disease Foundation, a national patient advocacy group. The response rate was 49%, and 65% of the respondents had IBS by Rome II criteria.
Of the participants with IBS, 97% had two or more IBS-related office and/or telephone consults with a physician during the last 3 months; 75% had four or more consults in that time.
Among employed IBS patients, 39% said their GI disorder caused them to miss work during the past 3 months. They averaged 6 missed days during that period and attributed an additional 16 days of decreased work productivity to IBS. And 90% said that IBS limited their ability to perform important daily activities.
Bonnie Dean, Ph.D., reported on another IBS survey conducted for Novartis, involving 1,817 employees of a large bank in several states. Of those surveyed, 44% met Rome II criteria for IBS during the previous 12 months, an unusually high prevalence attributable to selection bias.
Workers with IBS reported missing 2.2% of work time because of absenteeism caused by GI problems, compared with 0.5% among other employees. Those with IBS self-reported a 20% reduction in work productivity attributed to GI problems, vs. 6% among other employees, said Dr. Dean of Los Angeles.
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|Publication:||Internal Medicine News|
|Date:||Dec 1, 2002|
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