Health Care Costs, Utilization and Patterns of Care following Lyme Disease

    FEBRUARY 4, 2015

  • Lyme disease is associated with $2,968 higher total health care costs and 87% more outpatient visits over a 12-month period, and is associated with 4.77 times greater odds of having any PTLDS-related diagnosis, as compared to controls
  • Among those with Lyme disease, having one or more PTLDS-related diagnosis is associated with $3,798 higher total health care costs and 66% more outpatient visits over a 12-month period, relative to those with no PTLDS-related diagnoses.
  • Lyme disease is associated with increased costs above what would be expected for an easy to treat infection.
  • The presence of PTLDS-related diagnoses after treatment is associated with significant health care costs and utilization.

  • Lyme Disease: The Neglected Disease in our own Backyard

    SEPTEMBER 9, 2014

  • Vital need for improved Lyme disease research and education by Schools of Public Health (SPH)
  • Most SPH faculty believe PTLDS severe and chronic, NOT easy to treat
  • 95% of SPH faculty agree Lyme disease is a problem in endemic US regions, but only 16% teach about Lyme disease
  • Education on personal protection, early recognition and diagnosis could substantially reduce long term health impact of Lyme disease

  • Characteristics of Seroconversion and Implications for Diagnosis of Post-treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome: Acute and Convalescent Serology Among a Prospective Cohort of Early Lyme Disease Patients

    JUNE 13, 2014

  • Lack of seroconversion in significant segment of Lyme diseaes patients highlights limitations of using serology alone in identifying early Lyme disease
  • Strategy of repeat antibody testing does not work in patients initiating antibiotic at the time of initial patient evaluation
  • 40% of study patients remained antibody-negative when retested 3-4 weeks later
  • This diagnostic flaw needs to be acknowledged
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