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April 19, 2016
|Vol. 3, Issue 2|
Prevalence of Depression/Anxiety among Medicare Beneficiaries with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and Association with Acute Exacerbations
Christopher M. Blanchette, Melissa Roberts, Hans Petersen and Anne Fuhlbrigge
Corresponding author: Christopher M. Blanchette, PhD, MBA, Associate Professor of Public Health Sciences, College of Health & Human Services, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, 9201 University City Blvd., CHHS 476, Charlotte, NC 28223, USA
A prevalent cohort of Medicare beneficiaries aged 65+ with COPD (chronic bronchitis, emphysema, bronchiectasis, chronic airway obstruction) was constructed from a 5% sample of Medicare beneficiaries. Existence of depression/anxiety was identified via healthcare services or prescription drug claims. Baseline characteristics were assessed (1/1/2006-6/31/2006) and patients followed from first depression/anxiety claim until 12/31/2007 for all-cause and respiratory-related healthcare cost and utilization. Prevalence estimates of co-occurring COPD and depression/anxiety were approximated.
Citation: Blanchette CM, Roberts M, Petersen H, Fuhlbrigge A (2016) Prevalence of Depression/Anxiety among Medicare Beneficiaries with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and Association with Acute Exacerbations. Int J Respir Pulm Med 3:044.