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Significant nonmedical financial burden for families after child admitted to ICU

Date:
October 19, 2015
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American College of Chest Physicians
Summary:
Researchers found that families with children admitted to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit incurred significant nonmedical, out-of-pocket expenses and demonstrated work absenteeism and inability to perform daily activities, with lowest income brackets bearing the highest burden.
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Researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston found that families with children admitted to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) incurred significant nonmedical, out-of-pocket expenses and demonstrated work absenteeism and inability to perform daily activities, with lowest income brackets bearing the highest burden.

In the single-center study of parents of children admitted to the PICU for 2 or more days, researchers found work absenteeism across all families was 78 days, with high levels of distraction noted in those who did work due to the emotional stress of having a child in the PICU in addition to financial stressors. The mean out-of-pocket expense was $127, which varied among families regardless of length of stay or income level reported.

"The study found several strategies families used to reduce these nonmedical out-of-pocket expenses, including skipping meals, keeping a car at the hospital to use as a storage place for food and clothing, and choosing to sleep at the hospital with a child to avoid additional costs of food and travel," said Natan Noviski MD, Chief of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. "The study revealed a significant opportunity for PICU staff and hospitals to reduce the burden of nonmedical out of pocket expenses to aid families in these difficult situations."


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Journal Reference:

  1. Maureen Clark, Brian Cummings, Karen Kuhlthau, Natalie Frassica, Natan Noviski. Nonmedical Out-of-Pocket Expenses, Work Absenteeism, and Productivity for Families With a Child Admitted to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. CHEST Journal, 2015; 148 (4_MeetingAbstracts): 223A DOI: 10.1378/chest.2220469

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