Back to Journals » Journal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare » Volume 4

Societal costs and burden of otitis media in Portugal

Authors Anouk Speets, Judith, Cristina

Published 4 April 2011 Volume 2011:4 Pages 53—62


Review by Single anonymous peer review

Peer reviewer comments 5

Anouk Speets1, Judith Wolleswinkel1, Cristina Cardoso2
1Pallas health research and consultancy, Rotterdam, the Netherlands; 2GlaxoSmithKline, Algés, Portugal

Abstract: This study aimed to estimate the resource consumption and societal impact of otitis media (OM) in children younger than five years of age in Portugal. An Internet survey on generic childhood symptoms and diseases was administered to a sample of parents. This self-report survey had been previously implemented in other European countries. Medically confirmed OM was defined as symptoms of earache or “running ear” and/or a diagnosis of OM provided by a medical doctor. Direct medical, nonmedical, and indirect nonmedical costs were calculated for individual cases. Mean total costs per OM episode were estimated at €334. This corresponds to an estimated societal impact of 72 million €/year, of which 39% were indirect nonmedical costs. An epidemiological study should help to confirm the results of this study, and evaluate whether an intervention to reduce the occurrence and/or duration of OM may have an impact on societal costs and quality of life for affected families.

Keywords: otitis media, costs, societal burden, Portugal

Creative Commons License This work is published and licensed by Dove Medical Press Limited. The full terms of this license are available at and incorporate the Creative Commons Attribution - Non Commercial (unported, v3.0) License. By accessing the work you hereby accept the Terms. Non-commercial uses of the work are permitted without any further permission from Dove Medical Press Limited, provided the work is properly attributed. For permission for commercial use of this work, please see paragraphs 4.2 and 5 of our Terms.