Predictors of Hospitalization, Length of Stay, and Costs of Care Among Adult and Pediatric Inpatients With Atopic Dermatitis in the United States

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INTRODUCTION: Little is known about the risk factors of hospitalization for atopic dermatitis (AD).

OBJECTIVES: We sought to determine associations of hospitalization for AD in the United States.

METHODS: Data were analyzed from the 2002 to 2012 National Inpatient Sample. Atopic dermatitis hospitalizations were compared with controls, which included all hospitalizations without any diagnosis of AD excluding normal pregnancy/delivery, yielding a representative cohort of US hospitalizations.

RESULTS: Both adults and children, who were admitted for AD or eczema, were more likely to have nonwhite race/ethnicity, lowest-quartile annual household income, Medicaid or no insurance, and fewer chronic conditions. Increased cost of care and prolonged length of stay were also associated with nonwhite race/ethnicities, lowest-quartile annual household income, Medicaid or no insurance, and having a higher number of chronic conditions.

CONCLUSIONS: There are significant racial/ethnic and socioeconomic differences between patients hospitalized with AD versus without it, suggesting that there may be racial/ethnic and/or health care disparities in AD.

Original languageEnglish
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)22-31
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 2018

    Research areas

  • Adult, Child, Databases as Topic, Dermatitis, Atopic/economics, Health Care Costs/statistics & numerical data, Hospitalization/statistics & numerical data, Humans, Length of Stay/statistics & numerical data, Risk Factors, United States/epidemiology

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