The burden of Herpes Zoster: A prospective population based study

Fiona T. Scott, Robert W. Johnson, Mary Leedham-Green, Eleri Davies, William Edmunds, Judith Breuer*

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We analysed prospectively the medical, societal and economic burden among patients from 18 general practices in East London, serving 158,716 patients who presented to their general practitioners with acute Herpes Zoster over an 8-month period. One hundred and eighty-six patients with HZ were seen by GPs during the study period, of whom 96 were referred, 70 enrolled and 65 completed. PHN occurred in 13.4% of patients. The average overall cost of HZ in the first 6 months was calculated at £524 per patient. Medical costs were highest in those aged over 65 and societal costs highest in those aged under 65 years.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1308-1314
Number of pages7
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 27 Feb 2006

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The authors would like to acknowledge the following general practices for their participation in the study: Albion Health Centre, Barton House, Chrisp St, Globe Town, Island Health, John Scott (Cedars), Jubilee St, London Fields, Lower Clapton, Nightingale, Queensbridge, Shoreditch Park, St Stephens HC, Stamford Hill, Statham Grove, The Spitalfields Practice, Wapping HC, XX Place/Bromley by Bow. The study was funded by the Varicella-Zoster Research Foundation. The authors would especially like to acknowledge the support of the late Dick Perkin.


  • Burden of disease
  • Herpes Zoster
  • Post herpetic neuralgia
  • Shingles


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