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Indirect Costs in Ambulatory Patients with HIV/AIDS in Spain: A Pilot Study

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  • Juan Oliva

    (Department of Economics, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Madrid, Spain
    Fundacion Gaspar Casal, Madrid, Spain)

  • Cesar Roa

    (Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Madrid, Spain)

  • Juan del Llano

    (Fundacion Gaspar Casal, Madrid, Spain)

Abstract

Objective: To estimate indirect costs in Spanish ambulatory patients with HIV/AIDS and to identify changes in employment status and their current QOL. Method: Information was obtained through 32 interviews/enquiries carried out with ambulatory patients receiving medical attention at Gregorio Maranon and Puerta de Hierro hospitals in Madrid, Spain. The study variables included information on sociodemographics, economics, and clinical and QOL (EuroQol instrument; EQ-5D) parameters of these patients. Results: Our main result showed the existence of high indirect costs (lost income and lost wages; 2002 values) at the individual level. We identified a strong effect in terms of income loss (the annual loss of income ranged between Conclusions: We observed a high level of QOL among the patients, which reflects the potential benefits of pharmacological treatment. We found that the better the QOL, the higher the probability of being employed. However, indirect costs were high among patients despite their good QOL.

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Article provided by Springer Healthcare | Adis in its journal PharmacoEconomics.

Volume (Year): 21 (2003)
Issue (Month): 15 ()
Pages: 1113-1121

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Handle: RePEc:wkh:phecon:v:21:y:2003:i:15:p:1113-1121

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Keywords: Acquired-immunodeficiency-syndrome; Cost-analysis; HIV-infections; Pharmacoeconomics; Quality-of-life;

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Cited by:
  1. Ebere Akobundu & Jing Ju & Lisa Blatt & C. Mullins, 2006. "Cost-of-Illness Studies," PharmacoEconomics, Springer, vol. 24(9), pages 869-890, September.
  2. García-Gómez, Pilar & Labeaga, José M. & Oliva, Juan, 2012. "Employment and wages of people living with HIV/AIDS," MERIT Working Papers 043, United Nations University - Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (MERIT).

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