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Title: Depression and healthcare use among community - dwelling older adults in Singapore
Keywords: Depression, hospitalization, doctor vistis, medication, the elderly
Issue Date: 1-Sep-2009
Citation: FENG LIANG (2009-09-01). Depression and healthcare use among community - dwelling older adults in Singapore. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Depression is prevalent in older adults, and there is interest in the relationship between depression and healthcare utilization among them. However, many research findings are inconclusive. This thesis aimed to examine the relationships between psychiatric disorders and depressive symptoms, and aspects of healthcare use including hospitalization (Study I and Study II), doctor visits (Study II), complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) (Study III), and prescription medications (Study IV). In 2 older populations, we found that mental disorders and symptoms have important relationships with health care use, including prescription medications. Further studies are needed to determine whether reduction of depression optimizes health care use.
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