Hospitalization for hepatitis C increased significantly between 2005 and 2014, especially among baby boomers, men, African-American and Hispanic patients, and patients with mental health and substance abuse disorders, according to data from a Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project statistical brief.
“Baby boomers are aging and I think that’s where we’re seeing the greatest increase in hospitalizations,” Quyen Ngo-Metzger, MD, MPH, from the Harvard School of Medicine, Massachusetts, and lead study author, told Healio Gastroenterology and Hepatology. “What’s really interesting, though, is that if you look at both the young age groups, say 18 to 50 years, and the older age groups, both of those age groups showed large numbers of comorbid diseases.”
Between 2005 and 2014, hospitalization for HCV was significantly more common than stays involving HCV plus hepatitis B, HIV or acute liver disease. Specifically, the researchers observed 342,400 HCV-only stays vs. 114,700 comorbid stays in 2005 and 509,700 HCV-only stays vs. 127,200 comorbid stays in 2014, for an increase of 48.9% vs. 10.9%.
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