Depression and healthcare service utilization in patients with cancer.

  title={Depression and healthcare service utilization in patients with cancer.},
  author={Brent T Mausbach and Scott Irwin},
  volume={26 8},
OBJECTIVE It is estimated that as many as 38% of cancer patients suffer from depression, which may have distal impacts on cancer care, including clinical outcomes, health care utilization, and cost of care. The purpose of this study was to determine the impact of depression on overall healthcare utilization among patients with cancer. METHODS A retrospective analysis of administrative data was conducted on 5055 patients with an ICD-9 diagnosis of cancer from a single large healthcare system… CONTINUE READING
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