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Patients with greater SLE damage incur higher direct, total annual costs

13:11 EST 14 Nov 2017 | Healio

SAN DIEGO — Patients with systemic lupus erythematosus in the most severe category of damage states as assessed by the Systemic Lupus International Collaborating Clinics/ACR damage index, or SDI, sustain direct costs that are approximately four times higher and total costs that are nearly twofold higher than patients with the lowest baseline SDIs, according to findings presented at the American College of Rheumatology Annual Meeting.

In the study, researchers enrolled 1,361 patients (90.4% women; 71% white; mean age at diagnosis, 33.1 ± 13.5 years) who met the revised ACR or

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