Impact of depressive symptoms on hospitalization risk in community-dwelling older persons.

Journal Article

OBJECTIVE: To determine whether depressive symptoms in older adults are associated with an increased risk for hospitalization. DESIGN: A 6 month cohort study. SETTING: Five counties in the northern Piedmont of North Carolina from the Duke University site of the Established Populations for Epidemiological Studies of the Elderly project. PARTICIPANTS: The sample included 3486 community-dwelling adults, aged 65 and older. MEASUREMENTS: Crude risk ratios for the effect of depressive symptoms on 6 month risk for hospitalization were calculated, followed by a multivariable analysis controlling for demographics and health status. RESULTS: Three hundred participants were hospitalized during the 6 month follow-up period. The crude risk ratio for the effect of depressive symptoms on hospitalization was 1.95 (95% CI = 1.47-2.58). Subgroup analysis showed significant positive risk ratios for men aged 65 to 74 and > or =75, and women aged 65 to 74. After a multivariable analysis, however, these associations remained significant only among men > or =75 (RR = 3.43; 95% CI = 1.33-8.86). CONCLUSIONS: Depressive symptoms were independently associated with a more than threefold increased risk for hospitalization among men aged > or =75. This result reflects differences in the effects of depressive symptoms across age and gender groups, and emphasizes that symptoms of depression influence overall health and medical utilization among, at the very least, the oldest subset of men.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Huang, BY; Cornoni-Huntley, J; Hays, JC; Huntley, RR; Galanos, AN; Blazer, DG

Published Date

  • October 2000

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 48 / 10

Start / End Page

  • 1279 - 1284

PubMed ID

  • 11037016

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0002-8614

Language

  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States