Health service use among persons with self-reported depression: A longitudinal analysis of 7,164 women

Adams, Jon, Sibbritt, David and Lui, Chi-Wai (2012) Health service use among persons with self-reported depression: A longitudinal analysis of 7,164 women. Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, 26 3: 181-191. doi:10.1016/j.apnu.2011.10.002

Author Adams, Jon
Sibbritt, David
Lui, Chi-Wai
Title Health service use among persons with self-reported depression: A longitudinal analysis of 7,164 women
Journal name Archives of Psychiatric Nursing   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0883-9417
Publication date 2012-06
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.apnu.2011.10.002
Volume 26
Issue 3
Start page 181
End page 191
Total pages 11
Place of publication Maryland Heights, MO, United States
Publisher W.B. Saunders
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Objective: Depression is a common mental disorder and a leading contributor to the global burden of disease. In Australia, depression is reportedly the leading cause of morbidity for young women. In addition to conventional treatments, there is also some evidence that there is common use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) among people with depressive symptoms. However, there has been little research focus upon broad health care and practitioner use (including consumption of both conventional and CAM practitioners as well as self-prescribed care) among young adults with depression. This article aims specifically to address this knowledge gap by providing the first longitudinal analysis of the use of health service among women with self-reported depression.

Methods: Data from a longitudinal cohort study (Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health) conducted over a 3-year period on 7,164 young Australian women were analyzed. Information on health status, health service use, and self-prescribed treatments was obtained from two questionnaires mailed to study participants in 2003 and 2006.

Results: The study identified that only a small proportion of the women had sought professional assistance for their self-reported depression. It also shows that many women who reported depression used CAM alongside or as a complement to conventional health care services. In particular, young women who did not seek help for their depression were more likely to self-prescribe CAM than were women without depression.

Conclusion: The frequent use of a range of conventional providers and practitioner-based CAM and self-prescribed CAM among women with self-reported depression warrants further investigation.
Keyword Quality-of-life
Alternative medicine use
Complementary medicine
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Available online: 11 January 2012.

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