The prevalence of neck pain in the general population ranges from 10 to 15%. The complaints can result in substantial medical consumption, absenteeism from work and disability.
In this study we investigated the costs of neck pain in the Netherlands in 1996 to assess the financial burden to society.
The study was based on prevalence data.
Data sources included national registries, reports of research institutes and health care authorities.
Direct health care costs were estimated for hospital care, general practice care and paramedical care.
These costs were calculated using fees.
Calculation of indirect costs (absenteeism and disability) was based on the Human Capital Method (HCM).
As an alternative approach the Friction Cost Method (FCM) was used.
The total cost of neck pain in The Netherlands in 1996 was estimated to be US $686 million.
The share of these costs was about 1% of total health care expenditures and 0.1% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 1996.
Direct costs were $160 million (23%). Paramedical care accounted for largest proportion of direct costs (84%). When applying the HCM for calculating indirect costs, these costs amounted to $527 million (77%). The total number of sick days related to neck pain were estimated to be 1.4 million with a total cost of $185.4 million in 1996.
Disability for neck pain accounted for the largest proportion (50%) of the total costs related to neck pain in 1996 ($341). (...)
Mots-clés Pascal : Pays Bas, Europe, Coût, Rachis cervical, Rachis pathologie, Cou, Incapacité, Epidémiologie, Système ostéoarticulaire pathologie, Rachialgie, Homme
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Netherlands, Europe, Costs, Cervical spine, Spine disease, Neck, Disability, Epidemiology, Diseases of the osteoarticular system, Rachialgia, Human
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 99-0309082
Code Inist : 002B30A01A2. Création : 16/11/1999.