Journal article

Depression and Multimorbidity: A Cross-Sectional Study of 1,751,841 Patients in Primary Care

Daniel J Smith, Helen Court, Gary McLean, Daniel Martin, Julie Langan Martin, Bruce Guthrie, Jane Gunn, Stewart W Mercer

The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry | PHYSICIANS POSTGRADUATE PRESS | Published : 2014

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Depression is common in many chronic physical health disorders, but the nature and extent of physical health comorbidities in depression, particularly within large population-based samples of patients, and how these comorbidities relate to factors such as age, sex, and social deprivation, are unknown. We aimed to assess the nature and extent of multiple physical health comorbidities in primary care patients with depression within a large and representative Scottish dataset. METHOD: This study was a cross-sectional secondary data analysis of 314 primary care practices in Scotland (from the Primary Care Clinical Informatics Unit at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, March 31, 20..

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Grants

Awarded by Chief Scientist Office of the Scottish Government Health Directorates


Funding Acknowledgements

The authors thank the Chief Scientist Office of the Scottish Government Health Directorates (Applied Research Programme Grant ARPG/07/01), who funded the work; the Scottish School of Primary Care, who part supported Dr Mercer's post and a Visiting Professor Award to Dr Gunn with the University of Glasgow; and the Primary Care Clinical Informatics Unit at the University of Aberdeen, who provided the data contained herein.