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Long Term Conditions

Long Term Conditions


There is a strong association between long-term physical illnesses (such as diabetes, heart disease, and COPD) and mental health problems. This comorbidity leads to poorer outcomes, decreasing quality of life, and increased utilization of resources


For example:

*  Patients with depressive disorder are twice as likely to use emergency department services as those without depression.

*  In diabetes, total health expenditure is four and a half times higher for individuals with depression than for those without depression.

 In chronic heart disease, depressed patients have higher rates of complications and are more likely to undergo invasive procedures.

*  People with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) who are also depressed have longer hospital stays and increased symptom burden.



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