Ulcerative colitis (UC) is a chronic inflammatory bowel disease, which affects the rectum and colon and may have other extra-intestinal manifestations. This incurable disease, increasing over the past years, has an important economic impact for the Spanish National Healthcare System. However, little is known about the cost of UC patients, especially those indirect costs. In the publication entitled “Costs of ulcerative colitis from a societal perspective in a regional health care area in Spain: a database Study”, a detailed observational, longitudinal and retrospective study, the authors estimate the costs associated to the management of ulcerative colitis (UC) from a social perspective in a regional healthcare area in Spain.
Between January 2002 and May 2012, data of patients with diagnosis of UC from six primary care centers and one hospital were recorded. A total of 285 subjects older than 18 years, who had at least two clinical and resource use data recorded and had 12 complete months follow-up since the diagnosis were included in the study.