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The relationship between body mass index and hospitalisation rates, days in hospital and costs: Findings from a large prospective linked data study

Korda, Rosemary; Joshy, Grace; Paige, Ellie; Butler, James; Jorm, Louisa R; Liu, Bette; Bauman, Adrian; Banks, Emily


Background: Internationally there is limited empirical evidence on the impact of overweight and obesity on health service use and costs. We estimate the burden of hospitalisation-admissions, days and costs-associated with above-normal BMI. Methods: Population-based prospective cohort study involving 224,254 adults aged ≥45y in Australia (45 and Up Study). Baseline questionnaire data (2006-2009) were linked to hospitalisation and death records (median follow-up 3.42y) and hospital cost data. The...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2015
Type: Journal article
Source: PLOS ONE (Public Library of Science)
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0118599
Access Rights: Open Access


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