The economic costs of disease related malnutrition

Karen Freijer*, Siok Swan Tan, Marc A. Koopmanschap, Judith M. M. Meijers, Ruud J. G. Halfens, Mark J. C. Nuijten

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Abstract

Background & aims: Disease related malnutrition (under-nutrition caused by illness) is a worldwide problem in all health care settings with potentially serious consequences on a physical as well as a psycho-social level. In the European Union countries about 20 million patients are affected by disease related malnutrition, costing EU governments up to (sic) 120 billion annually. The aim of this study is to calculate the total additional costs of disease related malnutrition in The Netherlands. Methods: A cost-of-illness analysis was used to calculate the additional total costs of disease related malnutrition in adults (>18 years of age) for The Netherlands in 2011 in the hospital, nursing- and residential home and home care setting, expressed as an absolute monetary value as well as a percentage of the total Dutch national health expenditure and as a percentage of the total costs of the studied health care sectors in The Netherlands. Results: The total additional costs of managing adult patients with disease related malnutrition were estimated to be (sic) 1.9 billion in 2011 which equals 2.1% of the total Dutch national health expenditure and 4.9% of the total costs of the health care sectors analyzed in this study. Conclusions: The results of this study show that the additional costs of disease related malnutrition in adults in The Netherlands are considerable.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)136-141
JournalClinical Nutrition
Volume32
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2013

Keywords

  • Disease-related malnutrition
  • Health economic costs
  • Costs of malnutrition

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