A retrospective study to assess the epidemiological and economic burden of pneumococcal diseases in adults aged 50 years and older in Taiwan

David Bin Chia Wu, Craig S Roberts, Yhu-Chering Huang, Ling Chien, Chi-Hui Fang, Chee Jen Chang

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    Data for the years 2002-2009 from patients aged =50 years with insurance records indicating pneumococcal meningitis, pneumococcal bacteremia, or hospitalized or outpatient pneumonia were obtained from the National Health Insurance Research Database in Taiwan. Admission data for inpatients, visit data for outpatients, and associated costs were extracted from the database to estimate the incidence, case fatality rates, and direct and indirect costs of pneumococcal disease episodes. These data were applied to the estimated population of Taiwan in 2010 to provide an estimated disease burden for a single year from the payer perspective.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)312 - 319
    Number of pages8
    JournalJournal of Medical Economics
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - 2014

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