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Depression Treatment Rates Rose With Expanded Insurance Coverage

Key clinical point: Treatment and spending for depression both saw modest increases from 1998 to 2015.

Major finding: Rates of outpatient treatment for depression increased from 2.36 (95% confidence interval, 2.12-2.61) per 100 in 1998 to 3.47 (95% CI, 3.16-3.79) per 100 in 2015.

Study details: An analysis of 86,216 individuals from the 1998, 2007, and 2015 Medical Expenditure Panel Surveys.

Disclosures: The study was supported in part by the Commonwealth Fund. The lead author also reported receiving grants from the Commonwealth Fund. No other conflicts of interest were reported.

Citation:

Hockenberry JM, et al. JAMA Psychiatry. 2019 Apr 24. doi: 10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2019.0633.