Twice as likely: putting long term conditions and depression on the agenda – NHS – May 2012

Posted on May 21, 2012. Filed under: Chronic Disease Mgmt, Mental Health Psychi Psychol | Tags: |

Twice as likely: putting long term conditions and depression on the agenda – NHS – May 2012

Extract from the executive summary:

“Long term conditions coupled with depression are a significant and growing challenge for health and social care services. Between 15.4 to 17 million people have long term conditions. People with long term conditions are twice to three times more likely to experience depression and estimates suggest that 20% of people with long term conditions have depression.

The prognosis for people with long term conditions and depression is poorer care, poorer outcomes, a poorer quality of life and a substantial cost to the NHS; £8 to 13 billion is said to be the cost of care for those with long term conditions and mental health conditions in England1, with depression being the most common mental health problem. Studies indicate that depression can increase healthcare costs by 33% to 169% over a range of long term conditions.

Importantly also, depression can increase the risk of death for people with some long term conditions such as heart disease and cancer. A study has suggested a possible association between depression and cancer deaths. Additionally, it is estimated that the UK economy stands to lose £16 billion over the next 10 years through premature deaths due to heart disease, stroke and diabetes”

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