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Cost of lower-limb amputation in U.S. veterans with diabetes using health services data in fiscal years 2004 and 2010

Heather Franklin, MPH, et al.

Diabetes is highly prevalent in the U.S. population, and especially so among veterans, resulting in a 10- to 20-fold increased risk of lower-limb amputations (LLAs). LLAs are burdensome, both in terms of healthcare costs and for the patient’s quality of life. This study is a cross-sectional analysis of Veterans Health Administration (VHA) clinic users identified as having diabetes with nontraumatic LLAs in fiscal years 2004 and 2010. LLA expenditures related to inpatient surgery, pharmacy, and outpatient care were evaluated. The main objective was to estimate the economic burden of diabetes-related LLAs in the VHA system in fiscal years 2004 and 2010.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1682/JRRD.2013.11.0249

Volume 51 Number 8, 2014
   Pages 1325 — 1330


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This article and any supplementary material should be cited as follows:
Franklin H, Rajan M, Tseng C, Pogach L, Sinha A. Cost of lower-limb amputation in U.S. veterans with diabetes using health services data in fiscal years 2004 and 2010. J Rehabil Res Dev. 2014;51(8):1325–30.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1682/JRRD.2013.11.0249
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