Table 4.

Resource Utilization and Costs for Complicated Cases of Chickenpox*

IMPACT 1991–1996 (n= 160)Prospective Study (n = 26)
Resource UtilizationCostResource UtilizationCost
Direct medical resources
 Hospitalization (days)6.4  (0.7)6326.2  (688.2)7.1  (5.4)7000.8  (5308.3)
 Physician consults4.2  (1.0)132.5  (26.9)3.7  (5.0)110.3  (128.9)
 Medical procedures1.6  (0.5)26.1  (9.8)
 Surgical procedures0.2  (0.1)14.6  (7.3)
Cost of rehospitalization 325.2  (73.4)
Total direct cost6824.7  (771)7111.1  (5401.2)
Direct nonmedical resources
 Caregiver personal expenses26  (100%)325.1  (353.3)
Productivity losses
 Days missed from work
  Caregiver 15.8  (1.9)385.0  (132.0)5.2  (3.6)360.4  (259.7)
(n = 67)(n = 67)(n = 20)(n = 20)
  Caregiver 22.2  (0.4)140.1  (25.2)4.3  (6.2)295.8  (430.6)
(n = 88)(n = 88)(n = 24)(n = 24)
 Time lost (h)
  Caregiver 133.0  (53.7)252.1  (370.1)
(n = 26)(n= 26)
  Caregiver 220.6  (26.9)159.8  (184.4)
(n = 24)(n= 24)
Total productivity cost353.4  (69.9)961.3  (747.9)
  • * All values are expressed as the per-patient mean (SD).

  • Cost of rehospitalization includes the mean total per-patient cost of rehospitalization, based on all patients.