Cost of illness (COI) of type-II diabetes mellitus in Shillong, Meghalaya

  • T. KhongrangjemEmail author
  • Sameer Phadnis
  • Sumit Kumar
Original Article


This study aimed at contributing to the evidence base of economic burden caused due to type-II DM. The data were obtained from the 158 diabetics from the three tertiary hospitals in Shillong, Meghalaya, during January–March 2017 with the use of a semi-structured questionnaire. The information received was cross-checked with the medical records from the finance department. Patients comprised of 86 (54.4%) females and 72 (45.6%) males. The individuals under the age group of 56–65 were 49 (31%). The total median cost of illness per month was Rs. 5375 (2524–18,968) which was made up of 70.92% direct cost and 29.08% indirect cost. 58.2% respondents used their savings for getting treatment. The cost of care is high and comparable to cost in other countries. An improved understanding of COI of type-II DM will help in informing and motivating the policy and health decision makers which will reduce the national burden of this disease.


Cost of illness Type-II diabetes mellitus Shillong Meghalaya 


Compliance with ethical standards

Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Ethical approval

All procedures performed in the study involving human participants were in accordance with the Ethical standards of the Institutional Ethics Committee of Kasturba Medical College and Kasturba Hospital, Manipal bearing IEC project number: 789/2016.

Informed consent

Prior information on the study objectives was given and informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Prasanna School of Public HealthManipal Academy of Higher EducationManipalIndia

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