Managing Elderly Depression in Primary Care: How a Medicare HMO measures up to AHCPR clinical practice guidelines

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Identifier 1998_Martin
Title Managing Elderly Depression in Primary Care: How a Medicare HMO measures up to AHCPR clinical practice guidelines
Creator Martin, Carol A.
Subject Depression; Diagnosis, Differential; Comorbidity; Aged; Medicare; Health Maintenance Organizations; United States Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; Cross-Sectional Studies; Gerontology; Aging Populations; Depression Management; Depressed Elderly
Description A secondary data analysis was performed to determine how a Medicare HMO managed elderly depression as compared to depression management guidelines established by the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (AHCPR). The subjects totaling 1958 ( 28% of the HMO patient population), were selected due to having a medical claims record of a depression diagnosis or a prescription for antidepressants or other psychotropic drugs frequently used for depressive symptoms. Claims records were summarized to produce dichotomous variables for each subject to distinguish those patients who had a specific diagnosis or treatment form those who did not have that same diagnosis or treatment. Diagnosis and treatment variable combinations were used to compare proportions between patient groups and to compare HMO diagnosis/treatment patterns to AHCPR guidelines. Diagnosis and treatment differences were found between primary care physicians and mental health specialists. Pharmacotherapy treatment of depression, in general, was much more consistent with AHCPR guidelines than other reports, but improvements in differential diagnosis of depressive types and employment of optimal treatment protocols for each were indicated.
Publisher Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library, University of Utah
Date 1998
Language eng
Rights Management Copyright © Carol A. Martin 1998
Holding Institution Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library, University of Utah
Scanning Technician sg
Metadata Cataloger AMT
Name Carol A. Martin
Type Text
ARK ark:/87278/s66d8rb4
Setname ehsl_gerint
Date Created 2013-01-28
Date Modified 2018-06-08
ID 179476
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s66d8rb4
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