Health burden and economic impact of measles-related hospitalizations in Italy in 2002-2003

Antonietta Filia, Antonio Brenna, Augusto Panà, Gianluca Maggio Cavallaro, Marco Massari, Marta L. Ciofi Degli Atti

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Abstract

Background. A large measles outbreak occurred in Italy in 2002-2003. This study evaluates the health burden and economic impact of measles-related hospitalizations in Italy during the specified period. Methods. Hospital discharge abstract data for measles hospitalizations in Italy during 2002-2003 were analysed to obtain information regarding number and rates of measles hospitalizations by geographical area and age group, length of hospital stay, and complications. Hospitalization costs were estimated on the basis of Diagnosis-Related Groups. Results. A total of 5,154 hospitalizations were identified, 3,478 (67%) of which occurred in children

Original languageEnglish
Article number169
JournalBMC Public Health
Volume7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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