Five-year direct costs of acute lymphoblastic leukemia pediatric patients undergoing allogeneic stem cell transplant

Aim: To assess the 5-year healthcare resource utilization (HRU) and direct payer costs following allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplants (HSCTs) in acute lymphoblastic leukemia pediatric patients using data from two large US administrative databases. Patients & methods: Among the 209 patients with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, HRU and costs were described over the up to 5 years after the HSCT.  Results: HRU and costs following the HSCTs were substantial. The highest average costs and most intensive HRU were observed within the first year following the HSCTs (49 outpatient visits; 29 laboratory service visits; 68 inpatient days), with a first year cost of US$683,099 and substantial costs over the following years. Conclusion: HRU and direct costs associated with allogeneic HSCTs are substantial.

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