IAPT/CCG data analysis - effect of depression on unscheduled hospital care: Depression and long-term condition

What was the problem: If you have a physical health problem you are much more likely to also have a mental health problem. The presence of a mental health problem, such as depression or anxiety, can make self-management of the physical health condition very hard meaning you are more likely to get more ill.

What we did: Information from GPs and primary care mental health services (IAPT) were combined to form one large dataset. This was examined to see if people with depression and at least one long-term physical health condition experienced equivalent treatment and outcomes to those who only had one condition.

Findings: It also made it less likely that you would be referred to IAPT for treatment for your depression. If you did get to IAPT, you were just as likely to attend, stay in treatment and respond to treatment.

IMPACT: The results have fed into the development of a partnership with charity organisation SOAR who provide health trainer and other services in North Sheffield aimed at helping people with multiple conditions.

Publications 

Ricketts et al The effect of comorbid depression on the use of unscheduled hospital care by people with a long term condition: A retrospective observational study. Journal of Affective disorders  227:366- 71 https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0165032717305724?via%3Dihub