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Health Economics & Outcomes Research

One-year prevalence, comorbidities and cost of cachexia-related inpatient admissions in the USA

Authors: Susan T Arthur, Joshua M Noone, Bryce A Van Doren, Debosoree Roy, Christopher M Blanchette

Cachexia is a condition characterized as a loss in body mass or metabolic dysfunction and it is associated with several prevalent chronic health conditions including many cancers, COPD, HIV, and kidney disease. Currently there is little research into cachexia and the objective of this article is to characterize cachexia patients, their healthcare utilisation, and associated hospitalization costs.

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The non-anticoagulation costs of atrial fibrillation management: findings from an observational study in NHS Primary Care

Authors: George Kassianos, Chris Arden, Simon Hogan, Laura Baldock, Ahmet Fuat

Atrial fibrillation (AF) management represents a significant burden on the UK NHS. In this article the authors review data from 825 patients in routine UK clinical practice and describe the non-anticoagulation costs associated with AF management. Understanding these costs better may help inform future health care planning and policy development.

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Probabilistic data linkage: a case study of comparative effectiveness in COPD

Authors: Christopher M Blanchette, Mitch DeKoven, Ajita P De, Melissa Roberts

In this era of comparative effectiveness research, new, advanced techniques are being investigated by the research community to overcome the limitations of existing data sources. In this article Dr Christopher Blanchette and his co-authors describe the approach of probabilistic data linkage as a means to address this critical issue.

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