Academic journal article Health Care Financing Review

Prevalence of Select Psychiatric Diagnoses in Long-Term Care: 1997-2007

Academic journal article Health Care Financing Review

Prevalence of Select Psychiatric Diagnoses in Long-Term Care: 1997-2007

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INTRODUCTION

A beneficiary is considered to be residing in a facility, for purposes of the MCBS, when that facility contains three or more beds and provides either personal care services to residents, or continuous supervision of residents, or provides long-term care services throughout the facility or in a separately identifiable unit. This broadly defined definition allows analysis beyond traditional views of long-term care, i.e., nursing homes and related care homes.

The MCBS began collecting medical diagnoses of facility beneficiaries in 1997. Data in the following figures pertain to seven select psychological conditions: alzheimer's disease, anxiety, dementia (other than alzheimer's), depression, manic depression, mental illness, and schizophrenia. This highlight will look at the facility prevalence of these selected diagnoses for the 11-year period 1997-2007. This highlight will also look at the percentage of facility residents diagnosed with at least one of these conditions for the two types of facilities with the largest populations: nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

The overall trend is toward a gradual inclination for all psychologically related diagnoses with two exceptions: depression and mental illness. …

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