LymeDisease.org Publishes Largest Study of Chronic Lyme Disease Ever Conducted; Patients Suffer Poor Quality of Life and High Rates of Disability and Unemployment
Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) April 01, 2014
Chronic Lyme disease is associated with a poorer quality of life than most other chronic illnesses, according to a newly published comprehensive patient survey. Compared to the general population, patients with chronic Lyme disease have high disability and unemployment rates, are five times more likely to visit healthcare providers and twice as likely to be hospitalized, the survey found.
The study of over 3,000 patients with chronic Lyme disease published in the open access medical journal PeerJ on March 27th was a joint effort of LymeDisease.org and Prof. Jennifer Mankoff at Carnegie Mellon University. The survey used standard questions developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC estimates that more than 300,000 people contract Lyme disease every year in the United States.
“This study comes at an important time,” explains Lorraine Johnson, Executive Director of LymeDisease.org.