Table 3

Estimated loss of productivity due to CFS/ME based on patients referred to 5 NHS specialist services (2006 - 2010)

Sex and age (years)

Na

Discontinued employment (%)b

Median duration of illness (months)b

Mean annual income (£)c

Total loss of productivity (£)d

Loss per person (£)e

Population in PCTs in studyf

Proportion of population who access services (per 100,000 per year)

UK population (1000's)

Number of people who might access services per year (UK)

Productivity costs among people who might access services (UK)


Male

18 - 21

26

40%

21

11,546

109,271

22 - 29

72

48%

30

23,460

1,054,011

11,870

655,664

3.74

5,135

192

2,277,502

30 - 39

128

53%

72

35,172

7,444,534

58,160

554,200

5.77

4,069

235

13,663,983

40 - 49

127

56%

60

39,390

7,283,684

57,352

535,400

5.93

4,523

268

15,383,619

50 - 59

116

65%

48

36,590

5,738,483

49,470

414,100

7.00

3,690

258

12,782,017

60 - 64

32

59%

31

26,505

672,223

21,007

190,800

4.19

1,818

76

1,601,287

Subtotals

501

22,302,206

44,515

2,350,164

5.33

19,234

1,030

45,708,408

Female

18 - 21

150

25%

36

8,875

469,266

22 - 29

294

43%

26

18,508

2,382,677

6,423

638,346

17.39

4,922

856

5,497,849

30 - 39

461

43%

36

22,047

6,162,231

13,367

548,400

21.02

4,086

858

11,475,526

40 - 49

411

53%

48

20,880

8,550,786

20,805

541,600

18.97

4,631

879

18,280,147

50 - 59

281

61%

55

19,893

7,345,405

26,140

423,200

16.60

3,796

630

16,469,450

60 - 64

72

60%

87

13,662

2,011,101

27,932

200,000

9.00

1,901

171

4,779,382

Subtotals

1,669

26,921,466

16,130

2,351,546

17.74

19,335

3,394

56,502,353

Totals

2,170

49,223,672

22,684

4,701,710

11.54

4,424

102,210,761


a) Numbers of patients with CFS/ME assessed by 5 specialist services that had contributed constant patient numbers each year to the CFS/ME National Outcomes Database over the period 04/2006 - 03/2010

b) Based on subset of patients (413 male, 1,377 female) for whom data on occupation and duration of illness were recorded in the CFS/ME National Outcomes Database

c) Source: Office for National Statistics "Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings, 2009"

d) (N × fraction unemployed × (median duration of illness × F) × (mean annual income/12)) where F = 0.52 for men, F = 0.47 for women (F = duration of unemployment/duration of illness)

e) The 18-21 and 22-29 age groups were combined into a single 18-29 age group to match PCT population age strata

f) Source: Office for National Statistics "Mid-2008 Population Estimates by Primary Care Organization"

Collin et al. BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:217   doi:10.1186/1472-6963-11-217

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