Depressive symptoms and the cost of health services in HMO patients aged 65 years and older. A 4-year prospective study.

@article{Untzer1997DepressiveSA,
  title={Depressive symptoms and the cost of health services in HMO patients aged 65 years and older. A 4-year prospective study.},
  author={J{\"u}rgen Un{\"u}tzer and Donald L Patrick and Greg G Simon and David E. Grembowski and Edward Walker and Carolyn Rutter and Wayne J. Katon},
  journal={JAMA},
  year={1997},
  volume={277 20},
  pages={1618-23}
}
OBJECTIVE To examine whether depressive symptoms in older adults contribute to increased cost of general medical services. DESIGN A 4-year prospective cohort study. SETTING Four primary care clinics of a large staff-model health maintenance organization (HMO) in Seattle, Wash. PATIENTS A total of 5012 Medicare enrollees older than 65 years were invited to participate in the study; 2558 subjects (51%) were successfully enrolled. Non-participants were somewhat older and had a higher level… CONTINUE READING

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