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The association of depressive symptoms and physical diseases in Switzerland : a cross-sectional general population study

Rodic, Donja and Meyer, Andrea Hans and Meinlschmidt, Gunther. (2015) The association of depressive symptoms and physical diseases in Switzerland : a cross-sectional general population study. Frontiers in Public Health, 3. Article 47.

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To estimate the association between depressive symptoms and physical diseases in Switzerland, as respective findings might inform about future estimates of mental and physical health care costs.
METHODS: A population-based study, using data from the Swiss Health Survey collected by computer-assisted telephone interviews and additional written questionnaires during the year 2007 (n = 18,760) in Switzerland. The multistage stratified random sample included subjects aged 15 years and older, living in a private Swiss household with a telephone connection. Complete data were available for 14,348 subjects (51% of all subjects reached by telephone). Logistic regression analyses were used to estimate the associations between depressive symptoms and any physical disease, or a specific physical disease out of 13 non-communicable physical diseases assessed with a self-report checklist on common physical diseases. Analyses were adjusted for sex, age, education, occupation, and household income.
RESULTS: In the adjusted models, depressive symptoms were associated with arthrosis and arthritis [Odds Ratio (OR) = 1.79, 95% confidence interval (CI) = 1.28-2.50] and any physical disease (OR = 1.67, 95% CI = 1.33-2.10) after controlling for multiple testing.
CONCLUSION: Our findings contribute to a better understanding of the comorbidity of depressive symptoms and arthrosis and arthritis in Switzerland and might have implications for more precise future estimates of mental and physical health care costs.
Faculties and Departments:07 Faculty of Psychology > Departement Psychologie > Forschungsbereich Klinische Psychologie und Neurowissenschaften > Klinische Psychologie und Epidemiologie (Lieb)
UniBasel Contributors:Meyer, Andrea Hans and Meinlschmidt, Gunther
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
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Publisher:Frontiers Media
e-ISSN:2296-2565
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
Language:English
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Last Modified:16 Feb 2018 16:39
Deposited On:08 May 2015 08:45

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