Hospital costs associated with depression in a cohort of older men living in Western Australia

A.M. Prina, M. Huisman, Bu Yeap, Graeme J. Hankey, Leon Flicker, C.E.G. Brayne, Osvaldo Almeida

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Abstract

Background: There is lack of information of the hospital costs related to depression. Here, we compare the costs associated with general hospital admissions over 2 years between older men with and without a documented past history of depression. Methods: A community-based cohort of older men living in Perth, Western Australia, was assessed at baseline between 2001 and 2004 and followed up for 2 years by prospective data linkage. The participants were selected randomly from the Australia electoral roll. Two-year hospital costs were estimated. Results: Among 5411 patients, 75% of 339 men with depressive symptoms had at least one hospital admission compared with 61% of 5072 men without depression (P
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33-37
JournalGeneral Hospital Psychiatry
Volume36
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2014

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