Depression treatment patterns among women veterans with cardiovascular conditions or diabetes

Usha Sambamoorthi, Chan Shen, Patricia Findley, Susan Frayne, Ranjana Banerjea

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The study aimed to examine treatment patterns for depression among women veterans diagnosed with cardiovascular conditions or diabetes. We used longitudinal data from the 2002-2003 merged Veteran Health Administration (VHA) and Medicare files. Chi-square tests and multinomial logistic regression were performed to analyse depression treatment among veteran women with incident depressive episode and one of the following chronic conditions: diabetes or coronary artery disease or hypertension. Overall, 77% received treatment for depression, 54% with only antidepressants, 4% with only psychotherapy, and 19% with both. Multinomial logistic regression revealed that African American women were more likely to be in the no treatment group and were more likely than white women to receive psychotherapy rather than antidepressants. Older women and women with coronary artery disease only were less likely to receive treatment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)177-182
Number of pages6
JournalWorld Psychiatry
Issue number3
StatePublished - Oct 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Phychiatric Mental Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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