Sociodemographic factors associated with scabies in the inpatient setting


      • Risk factors for scabies in hospitals may differ from those in outpatient settings.
      • Scabies in hospitals is more common in those who are ages 40-64, male, and homeless.
      • Targeted interventions against scabies in hospitals may reduce burden of disease.


      Knowledge regarding the inpatient burden of scabies is limited, as previous studies have focused on epidemiologic trends in the outpatient setting. Using the National Inpatient Sample to identify sociodemographic factors associated with scabies in hospitalized patients, we found that patients who were aged 40-64, male, homeless, Medicaid-insured/uninsured, and admitted to hospitals in ZIP codes of the lowest income quartile were more likely to be diagnosed with scabies.

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