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Pharmacoeconomics of Occupational Diseases

  • Matthias Augustin
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Abstract

Due to its increasing frequency and the wide-ranging consequences for the affected patients, occupational skin diseases are of great socioeconomic importance. In light of this, clinical and epidemiological research is devoted increasingly to the effect of the disease on quality of life and to costs. In all studies published to date, there is a marked economic relevance of occupational skin diseases. Depending on the severity and the impact on work, the annual costs are in the same range or even exceed those for chronic inflammatory skin disease like psoriasis and atopic eczema. Moreover, significant limitations of quality of life are reported for patients with occupational skin diseases. The stress for these patients in many studies exceeds that of other skin diseases and also for chronic diseases.

Keywords

Direct costs Health-related quality of life (HRQoL) Indirect costs Intangible costs Patient-reported outcomes (PRO) Pharmacoeconomics 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute for Health Services Research in Dermatology and Nursing (IVDP)University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE)HamburgGermany

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