Publication date: Sep 27, 2019
Although adolescents and young adults (AYA) suffer disproportionately from cutaneous melanoma (CM), little is known regarding the burden of CM leading to hospitalization in AYA. The objective of this study was to elucidate sociodemographic/hospitalization characteristics of AYA CM inpatients, determine which factors lead to the greater length of stay (LOS) and cost of care for AYA CM inpatients, and evaluate trends in the prevalence, LOS, and cost of care for AYA CM hospitalizations.
A retrospective cohort study of nationally representative data from the 2009 to 2015 National Inpatient Sample. Multivariable survey-weighted logistic regression models were used to determine sociodemographic factors associated with AYA CM hospitalization. Multivariable survey-weighted linear regression models were used to determine characteristics associated with the greater cost of care and LOS in AYA CM inpatients.
A total of 8986 AYA CM inpatients were included in this study. The prevalence of AYA CM hospitalizations is decreasing over time while the cost of care is increasing. On average, AYA CM hospitalizations were 3.3 days long and cost $38,018.40. Controlling for all covariates, male sex, older age, non-Hispanic white race, higher income, private insurance, and elective admissions were associated with AYA hospitalization due to CM (P
Tripathi, R., Knusel, K.D., Ezaldein, H.H., Bordeaux, J.S., and Scott, J.F. National Burden of Hospitalization Due to Cutaneous Melanoma in Adolescents and Young Adults. 24263. 2019 Am J Clin Oncol.
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