The indirect economic impacts of co-morbidities on people with depression

Schofield, Deborah J., Callander, Emily J., Shrestha, Rupendra N., Passey, Megan E., Percival, Richard, and Kelly, Simon J. (2013) The indirect economic impacts of co-morbidities on people with depression. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 47 (6). pp. 796-801.

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It is known that people with depression often have other co-morbid conditions; however this is rarely acknowledged in studies that access the economic impacts of depression. This paper aims to quantify the association between co-morbid health conditions and labour force status and economic circumstances of people with depression. This study undertakes cross-sectional analysis using a dataset that is representative of the 45–64 year old Australian population with depression. The probability of being out of the labour force increases with increasing number of co-morbidities, and the amount of weekly income received by people with depression decreased with increasing numbers of co-morbidities. Those with depression and three or more co-morbidities were 4.31 times more likely to be out of the labour force (95% CI: 1.74–10.68), and received a weekly private income 88% lower (95% CI: −94%, −75%) than people with depression alone. It is important to consider the co-morbid conditions an individual has when assessing the impact of depression on labour force participation and economic circumstances.

Item ID: 41232
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1879-1379
Keywords: health economics; depression; co-morbidities; income; mental health
Funders: Australian Research Council (ARC), Pfizer
Projects and Grants: ARC LP0776851
Date Deposited: 11 Nov 2015 03:12
FoR Codes: 14 ECONOMICS > 1402 Applied Economics > 140208 Health Economics @ 100%
SEO Codes: 91 ECONOMIC FRAMEWORK > 9102 Microeconomics > 910209 Preference, Behaviour and Welfare @ 50%
92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920408 Health Status (e.g. Indicators of Well-Being) @ 50%
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