Crohn’s Disease Hospitalization Rates Stable, Despite New Drugs
The hospitalization rate for Crohn’s disease has remained relatively stable during a 10-year period, although the proportion of these hospitalizations that involved small bowel resection declined slightly, new research has shown.
The findings, reported in the April 14 issue of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), may reflect a reversal in the trend of increased hospitalizations and surgical procedures. Christopher A. Malarcher, from Oxford College of Emory University, Georgia, and colleagues from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, also suggest that available treatments have not increased clinical remissions or reduced hospitalizations.
To estimate US hospitalizations for Crohn’s disease, the investigators used hospital discharge data from the National Inpatient Sample of the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project from 2003 to 2013, the most recent decade of data. They included patients for whom first-listed or any listed diagnosis for admission was Crohn’s disease.