Relation between depressed mood, somatic comorbidities and health service utilisation in older adults: results from the KORA-Age study.

@article{Lacruz2012RelationBD,
  title={Relation between depressed mood, somatic comorbidities and health service utilisation in older adults: results from the KORA-Age study.},
  author={Maria Elena Lacruz and Rebecca T Emeny and Sibylle Haefner and Anja Kerstin Zimmermann and Birgit Linkohr and Rolf Holle and K H Ladwig},
  journal={Age and ageing},
  year={2012},
  volume={41 2},
  pages={
          183-90
        }
}
BACKGROUND prior literature suggests that comorbidity with depression significantly worsens the health state of people with chronic diseases. OBJECTIVE the present study examines whether depressed mood increased medical care use for patients with a comorbid physical disease. DESIGN, SETTING AND SUBJECTS the study was a population-based study (KORA-Age), with 3,938 participants aged 64-94. METHODS we investigated differences in health services use in participants with and without depressed… CONTINUE READING
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