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Sustainability 2017, 9(3), 427; doi:10.3390/su9030427

The Disease Burden of Patients with Allergic Rhinitis from a Hospital Surveillance in Beijing

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China National Environmental Monitoring Center, Beijing 100012, China
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Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100101, China
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Department of International Health, Faculty of health, Medicine and Life Sciences, Maastricht University, 6200 MD Maastricht, The Netherlands
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School of Public Administration and Policy, Hebei University of Economics and Business, Shijiazhuang 050061, China
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Department of Geography, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON K7L 3N6, Canada
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Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Beijing Hospital, Ministry of Public Health, Beijing 100730, China
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Academic Editor: Marc A. Rosen
Received: 21 November 2016 / Revised: 9 February 2017 / Accepted: 9 March 2017 / Published: 14 March 2017
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Background: The aims of this study are to estimate the disease burden of allergic rhinitis (AR) patients and examine various underlying issues related to the symptoms and services of adult AR patients. Methods: Beijing hospital was picked as the surveillance area, and self-report questionnaires from the AR patients and data from medical examinations by specialists of otolaryngology were collected. The burden of patients with AR was evaluated by the combined results from patient-questionnaires and specialist examination reports. Results: AR imposed a substantial burden on patients regarding everyday life limitations and work performance; AR affected patients’ noses, ears, throats, and eyes in various ways. The basic daily average medicine cost was 10 RMB for each patient, and the cost for an outpatient in the hospital was 10 RMB for a basic nasal examination and more than 200 RMB if the patient needed further physical examinations. Conclusions: AR imposed burdens on everyday activities and work performance; the patients needed to wait a long time before being diagnosed, and the costs of diagnosis and treatment imposed economic burden on patients. View Full-Text
Keywords: allergic rhinitis; disease burden; outpatients; Beijing allergic rhinitis; disease burden; outpatients; Beijing
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Zhang, F.; Nie, C.; Wang, L.; Rosenberg, M.; Xu, J.; Krafft, T.; Wang, W. The Disease Burden of Patients with Allergic Rhinitis from a Hospital Surveillance in Beijing. Sustainability 2017, 9, 427.

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