Depression-related costs in heart failure care.

  title={Depression-related costs in heart failure care.},
  author={Mark D Sullivan and Greg G Simon and John A Spertus and Joan E Russo},
  journal={Archives of internal medicine},
  volume={162 16},
BACKGROUND Behavioral factors may play a role in heart failure (HF) care costs by increasing hospital readmission rates. This study sought to estimate the effect of depression on health care costs for patients hospitalized for HF. METHODS A 3-year retrospective cohort study of a staff-model health maintenance organization. Following a first hospitalization with a primary diagnosis of HF, 1098 health maintenance organization patients were evaluated. Median annualized health care costs for 3… CONTINUE READING
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