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Economic impact of recurrent respiratory papillomas in a UK adult population

  • A Harrison (a1), J Montgomery (a2) and F B Macgregor (a3)

Abstract

Objective:

To calculate the financial burden of recurrent respiratory papilloma. This study is UK-based, where up until now no financial estimates have been calculated for this group of patients.

Background:

Recurrent respiratory papilloma is caused by the human papilloma virus (subtypes 6 and 11). The burden for the patient and the healthcare system is significant given the recurrent nature of the disease.

Methods:

Data were collected, using a questionnaire completed during routine clinical follow up, from a single centre managing recurrent respiratory papilloma in Glasgow, Scotland. Cost information was sourced from the Scottish Government's Information Services Division.

Results:

Fourteen patients with active recurrent respiratory papilloma between 2013 and 2014 were identified. The direct measurable cost to NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde amounted to £107 478.

Conclusion:

Recurrent respiratory papilloma is a benign condition, but the financial implications of diagnosis are significant. Recurrent respiratory papilloma has a natural history of relapse and remission, and patients may require healthcare input over a period of several years.

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Corresponding author

Address for correspondence: Miss Anna Harrison, Department of Otolaryngology, North Manchester General Hospital, Delaunays Road, Manchester M8 5RB, UK Fax: 0161 778 3646 E-mail: annaharrison1@nhs.net

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Economic impact of recurrent respiratory papillomas in a UK adult population

  • A Harrison (a1), J Montgomery (a2) and F B Macgregor (a3)

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