Impact of emergency department visit on disease self-management in adults with depression

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  • Unexpected health-endangering events that lead to an emergency department visit may be perceived as “wake-up calls” and induce significant changes in health-related behavior (“health shock” effect). This study uses two waves of a survey of 826 adults with depression and finds that having an emergency department visit(s) increased medication adherence by 7.6 percentage points (p < 0.05) relative to non-emergency department visitors but had no significant effect on counseling attendance (0.02% points, p = 0.380). Emergency department visits may provide an opportune teachable moment to initiate targeted interventions for positive behavioral change in adults with depression.
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  • Bhandari N; Shi Y; Hearld LR; McHugh M
  • Start Page

  • 588
  • End Page

  • 597
  • Volume

  • 23
  • Issue

  • 4