Journal article

Factors relating to hospitalisation and economic burden of paediatric constipation in the state of Victoria, Australia, 2002-2009

Humaira Ansari, Zahid Ansari, Tracy Lim, John M Hutson, Bridget R Southwell



AIM: Constipation is common, with severe symptoms requiring hospitalisation. Constipation can be a primary (present at admission and requires treatment or investigation) or principal (first listed) diagnosis for hospitalisation. In the USA, constipation is the second most common ambulatory care digestive diagnosis with total costs >US$1.7 billion/year. Incidence of hospitalisation for constipation in children peaks at toilet-training age. This study determined the burden of paediatric constipation to hospital care in Victoria, Australia. METHOD: The Victorian Admitted Episodes Dataset was analysed retrospectively, examining hospital admissions with a primary diagnosis of constipation in ..

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Funding Acknowledgements

We would like to acknowledge the Victorian Department of Health in providing us with the necessary data for this research and for checking and approving the final manuscript. Dr B. Southwell was supported by an NHMRC Senior Research Fellowship. H. Ansari performed this study as a 4th-year student as part of her research training (Advanced Medical Studies) for her medical degree at University of Melbourne. Ethics approval Royal Children's Hospital CA2179 and HREC 33059A. This study was performed at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute and was supported by the Victorian Government Operational Infrastructural Support Program.