Cost-of-illness of psoriasis – results of a German cross-sectional study

D. Jungen*, M. Augustin, A. Langenbruch, N. Zander, K. Reich, K. Strömer, D. Thaci, S. Purwins, M. Radtke, M. Gutknecht

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Background: Though psoriasis poses a substantial chronic socio-economic burden, few studies have addressed the economic impact in Germany. Objectives: The objective was to evaluate the annual costs of psoriasis in Germany from the societal perspective. Methods: A cross-sectional study was performed in randomly selected German dermatology practices and clinics in 2013/2014 using standardized questionnaires of illness-related costs. Costs were grouped by perspective and category as well as analysed by sex and age. Group differences were tested by non-parametric tests. Results: Complete data were obtained from 1158 patients in 132 centres. Annual average costs for patients with psoriasis: total costs € 5543 ± € 8044, systemic treatment costs (paid by the statutory health insurances [SHI]) € 3733 ± € 7322, out-of-pocket costs € 224 ± € 406, total SHI costs € 4940 ± € 7533, direct costs € 5164 ± € 7581 and indirect costs € 379 ± € 2087. Significant higher costs in male and significant lower costs in 65+-year-old patients were found. Conclusions: Psoriasis induces a considerable economic burden. Between 2003 and 2014, costs have markedly shifted from hospital, out-of-pocket and indirect costs towards systemic drug costs.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)174-180
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 01.2018

Research Areas and Centers

  • Academic Focus: Center for Infection and Inflammation Research (ZIEL)


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