Journal article

Depression status, medical comorbidity and resource costs

Daniel Chisholm, Paula Diehr, Martin Knapp, Donald Patrick, Michael Treglia, Gregory Simon

British Journal of Psychiatry | Royal College of Psychiatrists | Published : 2003


BackgroundDespite the burden of depression, there remain few data on its economic consequences in an international context.AimsTo explore the relationship between depression status (with and without medical comorbidity), work loss and health care costs, using cross-sectional data from a multi-national study of depression in primarycare.MethodPrimarycare attendees were screened for depression. Those meeting eligibility criteria were categorised according to DSM – IV criteria for major depressive disorder and comorbid status. Unit costs were attached to self-reported days absent from work and uptake of health care services.ResultsMedical comorbidity was associated with a 17–46% increase in hea..

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