Journal article

Health service utilization and direct healthcare costs associated with obesity in older adult population in Ghana

Stella T Lartey, Barbara de Graaff, Costan G Magnussen, Godfred O Boateng, Moses Aikins, Nadia Minicuci, Paul Kowal, Lei Si, Andrew J Palmer

Health Policy and Planning | OXFORD UNIV PRESS | Published : 2020

Abstract

Obesity is a major risk factor for many chronic diseases and disabilities, with severe implications on morbidity and mortality among older adults. With an increasing prevalence of obesity among older adults in Ghana, it has become necessary to develop cost-effective strategies for its management and prevention. However, developing such strategies is challenging as body mass index (BMI)-specific utilization and costs required for cost-effectiveness analysis are not available in this population. Therefore, this study examines the associations between health services utilization as well as direct healthcare costs and overweight (BMI ≥25.00 and <30.00 kg/m2) and obesity (BMI ≥30.00 kg/m2) among ..

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Grants

Awarded by Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research, Australian Research Council


Awarded by National Heart Foundation of Australia Future Leader Fellowship


Awarded by NHMRC


Awarded by US National Institute on Aging's Division of Behavioural and Social Science Research (BSR)


Funding Acknowledgements

We appreciate access to a preliminary version of SAGE Ghana Wave 2 data used for the analyses in this manuscript and acknowledge the Ghana WHO-SAGE Team. We also acknowledge Prof. Leigh Blizzards of Menzies Institute for Medical Research, University of Tasmania for the statistical advise he provided regarding the data curation and analyses. Prof. A.J.P. is funded by the Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research, Australian Research Council (CE170100005). The National Heart Foundation of Australia Future Leader Fellowship (100849) supports Dr. C.G.M. Dr. L.S. is supported by a NHMRC Early Career Fellowship (Grant number: GNT1139826). Dr. B.d.G. is funded by the Menzies Community Fellowship. The Study on global AGEing and adult health (SAGE) Wave 2 was supported by WHO and the US National Institute on Aging's Division of Behavioural and Social Science Research (BSR) through Interagency Agreements (OGHA 04034785; YA1323-08-CN-0020; Y1-AG-1005-01) with WHO. Financial and in-kind support has come from the University of Ghana's Department of Community Health.