The economic costs of disease related malnutrition
Clinical Nutrition , Volume 32 - Issue 1 p. 136- 141
Background & aims: Disease related malnutrition (under-nutrition caused by illness) is a worldwide problem in all health care settings with potentially serious consequences on a physical as well as a psycho-social level. In the European Union countries about 20 million patients are affected by disease related malnutrition, costing EU governments up to € 120 billion annually. The aim of this study is to calculate the total additional costs of disease related malnutrition in The Netherlands. Methods: A cost-of-illness analysis was used to calculate the additional total costs of disease related malnutrition in adults (>18 years of age) for The Netherlands in 2011 in the hospital, nursing- and residential home and home care setting, expressed as an absolute monetary value as well as a percentage of the total Dutch national health expenditure and as a percentage of the total costs of the studied health care sectors in The Netherlands. Results: The total additional costs of managing adult patients with disease related malnutrition were estimated to be € 1.9 billion in 2011 which equals 2.1% of the total Dutch national health expenditure and 4.9% of the total costs of the health care sectors analyzed in this study. Conclusions: The results of this study show that the additional costs of disease related malnutrition in adults in The Netherlands are considerable.
|Organisation||Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management (ESHPM)|
Freijer, K, Tan, S.S, Koopmanschap, M.A, Meijers, J.M.M, Halfens, R.J.G, & Nuijten, M.J.C. (2013). The economic costs of disease related malnutrition. Clinical Nutrition, 32(1), 136–141. doi:10.1016/j.clnu.2012.06.009