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Years Later, Health Costs Higher
Middle-aged women who suffered physical or sexual abuse as children spend up to one-third more on health care than women who were not abused, a new study finds. Decades after the abuse, these women use health services at
significantly higher rates than women who did not experience abuse when they were children.
In comparison with non-abused women, health costs are 36 percent higher for women who suffered both physical and sexual abuse, 22 percent higher for women who suffered only physical abuse, and 16 percent higher for women who suffered only sexual abuse.
"What´s remarkable is that women with an average age in their late 40s still suffer consequences from abuse that occurred decades ago," the study´s leader, Amy Bonomi, an Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Science at Ohio State University, told Science Daily. "This study provides the strongest evidence to date about the impact of abuse well into adulthood."
It examines data from 3,333 women over an average of 7.5 years, taking into account their age and education which also can affect women´s use of health services. The women belong to Group Health, a health care system in the
Pacific Northwest.
"The reasons why some adults have high levels of ambulatory and emergency service use should be explored by health care providers, and the possibility of past child abuse and or current intimate partner violence explored," the study concludes. "Interventions have been successful in improving mental health and abating symptoms and should be offered."
"Health Care Utilization and Costs Associated with Childhood Abuse" is in the March issue of the Journal of General Internal Medicine.

Children At-Risk
Children whose mothers experience severe abuse from an intimate partner are more than twice as likely as other children to end up in the emergency room.
This increased risk may continue for three years after the mothers´ abuse has ended. (...)
The study is in the February issue of Archives of Pediatrics and Archives of Adolescent Medicine, and can be found at Archives of Pediatrics and Archives of Adolescent Medicine


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