J Occup Environ Med 2010 Nov; 52(11):1045-1054
OBJECTIVE: To estimate the economic burden associated with dermatitis in those aged 16 to 65 years and working in seven industry sectors (DW). METHODS: The 2004 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey and the cost-of-illness method, which aggregates health care costs and productivity losses, were used. RESULTS: The economic burden of DW was ~$1.2 billion, representing 10.5% of the cost of all skin diseases and disorders (SDD). In all private industry (ie, the sum of the seven sectors examined), cost per employed person was ~$11 for DW and $109 for SDD. In the all-services sector, one of the seven examined, cost per employed person was ~$15 for DW and $113 for SDD. CONCLUSIONS: This study provides the first published estimate of the economic burden of DW, based on a representative sample of the US population.
Dermatitis; Age-groups; Exposure-levels; Skin; Skin-diseases; Skin-sensitivity; Occupational-dermatitis; Occupational-health; Diseases; Antigens; Allergens; Allergic-dermatitis; Allergic-reactions; Allergic-disorders
Laura A. Blanciforti, PhD, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, 1095 Willowdale Road, MS-L4050, Morgantown, WV 26505
Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine