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BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders

, 17:168

First Online: 16 April 2016Received: 08 September 2015Accepted: 08 April 2016


BackgroundThis study aimed at describing pain-related health care resource use, direct costs, and productivity loss among patients suffering from fibromyalgia syndrome FMS.

MethodsA cost-of-illness study with a sample of 57 adults having a diagnosis of FMS was conducted in the province of Quebec Canada. Data regarding FMS-related direct costs and productivity loss from paid and unpaid work over a three-month period were collected using a standardized structured telephone interview protocol. Direct costs were valued in 2009 Canadian dollars using a societal perspective.

ResultsResults showed that average direct costs over a three-month period added up to $951 per patient SD: $710, which could be translated in a mean annual cost of $3804. The purchase of prescribed medications led to the highest costs mean: $329, SD: $321, followed by consultations to health care professionals other than physicians mean: $129, SD: $222 and physicians consultations mean: $98, SD: $116. Results further showed a high economic burden for patients themselves, aside from costs covered by public or private insurers. Among the subsample of participants who had a paid job 45.6 %, an average of 5.6 days SD: 13.2 were lost due to pain during the past three months. Among those who were not employed 54.4 %, an average of 25.1 days in household productivity SD: 24.8 were lost.

ConclusionsFMS is associated with a substantial socioeconomic burden. Further research is clearly needed to improve the management of this type of disorder and make better decisions regarding resource allocation.

KeywordsCost of illness Direct costs Productivity loss Fibromyalgia Chronic pain Societal costs AbbreviationsACRAmerican College of Rheumatology

CADCanadian dollars

FMSfibromyalgia syndrome

RCTrandomized controlled trial

SDstandard deviation

TENStranscutaneous electrical nerve stimulation

Electronic supplementary materialThe online version of this article doi:10.1186-s12891-016-1027-6 contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.

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Autor: Anaïs Lacasse - Patricia Bourgault - Manon Choinière


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