Chronic medical illness, depression, and use of acute medical services among Medicare beneficiaries.

@article{Himelhoch2004ChronicMI,
  title={Chronic medical illness, depression, and use of acute medical services among Medicare beneficiaries.},
  author={Seth S. Himelhoch and Wendy E Weller and Albert W. Wu and Gerard F. Anderson and Lisa A Cooper},
  journal={Medical care},
  year={2004},
  volume={42 6},
  pages={512-21}
}
BACKGROUND This study assessed the relation of comorbid depressive syndrome with utilization of emergency department services and preventable inpatient hospitalizations among elderly individuals with chronic medical conditions. RESEARCH DESIGN A cross-sectional study. SETTING Individuals greater than or equal to 65 years of age living in the United States with Medicare part A and B fee-for-service coverage in 1999. SUBJECTS A 5% random sample of elderly Medicare recipients (N = 1,238,895… CONTINUE READING

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