Table 3

Health service consumption in depressed and non-depressed post-AMI patients.

Service Consumption Variable

Depressed*

Non-depressed

P Value


Hospitalization -- mean (SD)

Total hospitalization days⌷

8.5 (19.8)

5.5 (14.6)

0.002

Total cardiac hospitalization days⌷

4.8 (10.2)

3.3 (7.6)

0.002

Total non-cardiac hospitalization days⌷

3.7 (15.5)

2.3 (11.5)

0.06

Total number of hospitalizations

1.2 (1.7)

0.8 (1.2)

<0.001

Total number of cardiac hospitalizations

0.7 (1.1)

0.5 (0.9)

<0.001

Total number of non-cardiac hospitalizations

0.5 (1.1)

0.3 (0.7)

0.001

Ambulatory service consumption -- mean (SD)

Cardiologist visits

12.5 (11.5)

9.8 (10.2)

<0.001

General internist visits

14.1 (26.0)

10.8 (20.9)

0.01

Family doctor visits

36.5 (25.3)

31.6 (24.6)

<0.001

Emergency department visits

1.7 (2.3)

1.3 (1.9)

<0.001


*The depression measure is a depression scale containing 9 items from the Brief Carroll Depression Scale (BCDS)(cut-off score of 5).

⌷Hospitalization days are a count of total days in hospital over the 18-month follow-up period and can accumulate from multiple hospitalizations.

Kurdyak et al. BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:200   doi:10.1186/1472-6963-8-200

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