Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations

University Of Illinois At Chicago Study Finds Outpatient Asthma Care Saves Money, Gets Results

Date:
April 1, 1998
Source:
University Of Illinois At Chicago
Summary:
University of Illinois at Chicago researchers have found that a new treatment alternative for people suffering from severe asthma attacks is more effective and much less costly than traditional hospital inpatient care. Researchers estimate that the alternative treatment, known as an emergency department observation unit, costs $1,202 per patient compared with $2,247 per patient for inpatient care -- a drop of 47 percent.

University of Illinois at Chicago researchers have found that a new treatment alternative for people suffering from severe asthma attacks is more effective and much less costly than traditional hospital inpatient care.

Researchers estimate that the alternative treatment, known as an emergency department observation unit, costs $1,202 per patient compared with $2,247 per patient for inpatient care -- a drop of 47 percent.

The UIC team's findings will be published in the April issue of the journal Medical Care.

The emergency department observation unit approach is a much-needed innovation as the prevalence of asthma in the United States and the cost of treating it escalate, said Robert Rydman, lead author and associate professor of health policy and administration in UIC's School of Public Health.

"As third-party payers come to realize the cost savings and higher patient satisfaction in emergency department outpatient units, they will serve as the preferred standard of care for a great many asthmatics," Rydman said.

Asthma sufferers, especially in poor urban neighborhoods, frequently rely on large public hospital emergency departments to obtain care during severe asthma attacks. Experts estimate that 20 million people in this country suffer from asthma. Prevalence rates increased 29 percent from 1980 to 1987. From 1980 to 1987, the death rate from asthma increased 31 percent.

The UIC researchers studied 113 patients at the Cook County Hospital emergency department. Roughly half were treated under the new method, formally known as a treatment protocol, and the rest received traditional inpatient care.

In addition to requiring substantially less costly care, the group receiving the new treatment scored higher in five of eight quality-of-life measures: physical functioning, role functioning, emotional and social functioning, mental health and vitality. There was no significant difference between the patient groups, however, in a standard measure of airway obstruction or relapse rates.


Story Source:

The above story is based on materials provided by University Of Illinois At Chicago. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.


Cite This Page:

University Of Illinois At Chicago. "University Of Illinois At Chicago Study Finds Outpatient Asthma Care Saves Money, Gets Results." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 1 April 1998. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/1998/04/980401124237.htm>.
University Of Illinois At Chicago. (1998, April 1). University Of Illinois At Chicago Study Finds Outpatient Asthma Care Saves Money, Gets Results. ScienceDaily. Retrieved July 28, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/1998/04/980401124237.htm
University Of Illinois At Chicago. "University Of Illinois At Chicago Study Finds Outpatient Asthma Care Saves Money, Gets Results." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/1998/04/980401124237.htm (accessed July 28, 2014).

Share This




More Health & Medicine News

Monday, July 28, 2014

Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations


Featured Videos

from AP, Reuters, AFP, and other news services

Trees Could Save More Than 850 Lives Each Year

Trees Could Save More Than 850 Lives Each Year

Newsy (July 27, 2014) A national study conducted by the USDA Forest Service found that trees collectively save more than 850 lives on an annual basis. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
Google's Next Frontier: The Human Body

Google's Next Frontier: The Human Body

Newsy (July 27, 2014) Google is collecting genetic and molecular information to paint a picture of the perfectly healthy human. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
What's To Blame For Worst Ebola Outbreak In History?

What's To Blame For Worst Ebola Outbreak In History?

Newsy (July 27, 2014) A U.S. doctor has tested positive for the deadly Ebola virus, as the worst-ever outbreak continues to grow. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
Losing Sleep Leaves You Vulnerable To 'False Memories'

Losing Sleep Leaves You Vulnerable To 'False Memories'

Newsy (July 27, 2014) A new study shows sleep deprivation can make it harder for people to remember specific details of an event. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com

Search ScienceDaily

Number of stories in archives: 140,361

Find with keyword(s):
Enter a keyword or phrase to search ScienceDaily for related topics and research stories.

Save/Print:
Share:

Breaking News:
from the past week

In Other News

... from NewsDaily.com

Science News

Health News

Environment News

Technology News



Save/Print:
Share:

Free Subscriptions


Get the latest science news with ScienceDaily's free email newsletters, updated daily and weekly. Or view hourly updated newsfeeds in your RSS reader:

Get Social & Mobile


Keep up to date with the latest news from ScienceDaily via social networks and mobile apps:

Have Feedback?


Tell us what you think of ScienceDaily -- we welcome both positive and negative comments. Have any problems using the site? Questions?
Mobile: iPhone Android Web
Follow: Facebook Twitter Google+
Subscribe: RSS Feeds Email Newsletters
Latest Headlines Health & Medicine Mind & Brain Space & Time Matter & Energy Computers & Math Plants & Animals Earth & Climate Fossils & Ruins