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  • Burden of illness of bacterial cellulitis and erysipelas of the leg in the Netherlands.Abstract

    Information on the prevalence of bacterial cellulitis (BC) and erysipelas (ER) of the leg (BCERL) is sparse and dependent on the definitions used. There is no information available on the number of hospitalized and non-hospitalized patients with BCRL, and related treatment costs. The purpose of this study was to assess the burden of illness for BCERL in the Netherlands in 2001

    Goettsch W, BouwesBavinck J, Herings R. J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol. 2006 Aug; 20 (7): 834-9.
  • Quality of life of patients with irritable bowel syndrome is low compared to others with chronic diseases.Abstract

    BACKGROUND: Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a prevalent functional gastrointestinal dysmotility disorder. This study aimed to estimate the burden of illness of a Dutch population of community dwelling patients suffering from IBS. METHODS: Patientidentified at community pharmacies, using mebeverine as a proxy for IBS, were administered a questionnaire regarding (1) the Rome II criteria for IBS, (2) predominant type of stool during complaints, (3) severity of symptoms (abdominal pain and discomfort), (4) generic and disease-specific quality of life, (5) current health status (utilities), and (6) loss of productivity

    tenBerg MJ, Goettsch WG, van den Boom G, Smout AJ, Herings RM. Eur J Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2006 May; 18 (5): 475-81.