Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Study Affirms Impact of Depression

Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Study Affirms Impact of Depression

Article excerpt

Depression is more disabling than four other chronic conditions--angina, arthritis, asthma, and diabetes, researchers reported.

And when depression is comorbid with any one of these chronic physical conditions, it impairs patients more than any combination of two physical conditions, according to the survey of 245,404 patients in 60 countries.

"Though depression has previously been shown to be associated with disability and declines in health-related quality of life, this is the largest scale study to our knowledge that shows this decline using direct comparisons across physical conditions in multiple countries with a common measurement strategy," wrote the researchers, who were led by Saba Moussavi, Ph.D., of the World Health Organization's Department of Measurement and Health Information Systems.

The researchers based their findings on the World Health Survey. Data were analyzed from countries with samples that were nationally representative.

The initial survey was a face-to-face or telephone interview. Health-related measures were based on 18 health-related questions where responses were recorded on a 5-point scale. …

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