Abstract:OBJECTIVES: Limited data exist on the economic impact of SLE flares. This study estimated HRU and costs of SLE flares in a U.S. Medicaid population. METHODS: SLE Patients Ն18 years old were extracted from a large Medicaid database 2002-2009. Index date was the date of the first SLE diagnosis. All patients were continuously enrolled for Ն6 months before and Ն12 months after index date and followed until the earliest of inpatient death, end of enrollment, or end of study. Mild, moderate, and severe flares were i… Show more
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