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Costs of shingles

Among patients with acute episodes of shingles, average expenditures ranged from $112 to $287 per episode of outpatient care, $73 to $180 per antiviral treatment, and $3,221 to $7,206 per hospitalization (in 2006 dollars).

Dworkin R, White R, O'Connor A, Hawkins K. Health Care Expenditure Burden of Persisting Herpes Zoster Pain. Pain Med. 2008; 9(3): 348-53. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18366512

Reference

Title
Health Care Expenditure Burden of Persisting Herpes Zoster Pain
Publication
Pain Med
Publication Date
2008
Authors
Dworkin R, White R, O'Connor A, Hawkins K
Volume & Issue
Volume 9, Issue 3
Pages
348-53
URL
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Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Economic Burden

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