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Cost of Illness

"Cost of Illness" is a descriptor in the National Library of Medicine's controlled vocabulary thesaurus, MeSH (Medical Subject Headings). Descriptors are arranged in a hierarchical structure, which enables searching at various levels of specificity.

The personal cost of acute or chronic disease. The cost to the patient may be an economic, social, or psychological cost or personal loss to self, family, or immediate community. The cost of illness may be reflected in absenteeism, productivity, response to treatment, peace of mind, QUALITY OF LIFE, etc. It differs from HEALTH CARE COSTS, meaning the societal cost of providing services related to the delivery of health care, rather than personal impact on individuals.


This graph shows the total number of publications written about "Cost of Illness" by people in Harvard Catalyst Profiles by year, and whether "Cost of Illness" was a major or minor topic of these publication.
Bar chart showing 953 publications over 28 distinct years, with a maximum of 100 publications in 2014
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