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T1 Healthcare Utilization After Burn Injuries Compared to Other Procedures

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Over 500,000 people are injured by burn injuries every year in the United States, but none have investigated the impact on the healthcare system. Although the majority of participants in the study had burn wounds that healed without significant scarring, the reduced healthcare utilization and higher healthcare costs following acute care discharge have been documented in previous studies. The study looks at burn patients’ use of post-acute care hospitals. A review of the Truven MarketScan (MS) database for commercial claims data was undertaken. In a 10-year MS sample, 23,262 individuals with burn injuries were identified and matched to a control group at a 1:1 ratio based on age, sex, and overall time in the database. Pre-burn and post-burn usage of therapy, emergency department visits, nutritional care, psychiatry/psychology appointments, home health services, skilled nursing facility visits, inpatient stays, and outpatient treatments were collected for the study’s burn patient population. Researchers defined the pre-burn and post-burn periods for controls using the matched case’s burn date plus the pair’s relative difference in initial enrollment into the MS database, then recorded the same utilization measures. To assess the data, a series of negative binomial regressions were run. For every outcome except skilled nursing […]

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