Ling-Ling Yeh

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BACKGROUND/PURPOSE Schizophrenia is a chronic mental illness, and sufferers are usually dependent on family, primary caregivers in particular. The present study was designed to assess the perceived needs of caregivers so that adequate services can be provided for them in the community. METHODS A total of 177 primary caregivers were interviewed with the(More)
OBJECTIVE As depressive disorders are highly heterogeneous, and as patients exhibit wide differences in clinical characteristics and comorbidities, we aim to examine whether and how demographic and clinical correlates affect healthcare costs for patients with depression in a real-world setting. METHOD A national cohort of adult patients (n = 216,557) who(More)
BACKGROUND Early attrition can impede treatment success of depression; its contributing factors and impacts on subsequent treatment course need further clarification. METHODS All Taiwanese adult patients prescribed with antidepressants for depression (n=216,557) in 2003 were identified through a total population health insurance claims database; their(More)
OBJECTIVES Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has been used to treat depression-like symptoms in Taiwan. We aim to examine factors associated with utilization of TCM in patients with depression and to test whether the use of TCM would impact the use of psychiatric services with a subsequent impact on healthcare costs. METHODS Adult patients (n = 216,557)(More)
BACKGROUND The oral health of patients with severe mental illness is poor, in general, and this may be attributed, in part, to inadequate dental care. This study investigated dental care utilization among patients with severe mental illness using a national representative sample. METHODS This study used Taiwan's National Health Insurance Research Dataset(More)
This study interviewed 182 pairs of patients and caregivers to explore the needs and demands for community programs for patients with chronic mental illness and to detect the factors associated with them. The most needed and demanded programs were structured day services (69.2 vs. 78.6%), club house (71.4 vs. 74.2%), and caregiver support (72.5 vs. 74.7%).(More)
OBJECTIVE Whether the early treatment pattern in people with bipolar disorder (BD) could influence later mortality remains to be determined. We aimed to explore the potential effects of early hospitalization and number of outpatient clinic visits on the 3-year mortality in patients with newly diagnosed BD. METHOD Adult participants with newly diagnosed BD(More)
BACKGROUND Evidence regarding the relationships between the socioeconomic status and long-term outcomes of individuals with bipolar affective disorder (BPD) is lacking. AIMS We aimed to estimate the effects of baseline socioeconomic status on longitudinal outcomes. METHOD A national cohort of adult participants with newly diagnosed BPD was identified in(More)
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