Thursday, December 31, 2015

Economics

Here's a different way of looking at a disease. It is the most commonly diagnosed gastrointestinal condition, and direct and indirect costs of this disease can be up to $30 billion dollars a year. This is probably because it is the second highest cause of work absenteeism (behind the common cold). The prevalence in North America is approximately 10 to 15%, yet only 15% of patients seek medical attention. Young patients and women are more likely to have it; there is a 2:1 female to male predominance. This disease makes up 25-50% of referrals to gastroenterologists.

Challenge: What is it?

4 comments:

Dr. SK said...

Irritable bowel syndrome, which typically presents as chronic abdominal pain and altered bowel habits. Complaints can also include diarrhea among other gastrointestinal complaints (upper and lower).

theshamdoc said...

Irritable bowel syndome, typically presenting as chronic abdominal pain and altered bowel habits. Complaints can also often include diarrhea, among other upper and lower gastrointestinal complaints.

Anonymous said...

Would this be irritable bowel syndrome?

Craig Chen said...

yep! i'm impressed...i rarely think of the economic impact of diseases, esp ones like IBS or fibromyalgia, but it's such a profound thing.
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Economics

This is irritable bowel syndrome.

Source: UpToDate.