Healthcare costs of paternal depression in the postnatal period
Edoka, Ijeoma P., Petrou, Stavros and Ramchandani, Paul. (2011) Healthcare costs of paternal depression in the postnatal period. Journal of Affective Disorders, Vol.133 (No.1-2). pp. 356-360. ISSN 0165-0327Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jad.2011.04.005
Background: There is growing evidence that fathers experience depressive symptoms following the birth of a child. The aim of this study was to estimate the healthcare costs of paternal postnatal depression, thereby informing research into cost-effective preventative and treatment interventions for the condition.
Methods: Data on healthcare resource-use over the first 12 months postpartum was collected from 192 fathers recruited from two postnatal wards in southern England. Three groups of fathers were identified: fathers with depression (n=31), fathers at high risk of developing depression (n=67) and fathers without depression (n=94).
Results: Mean father-child dyad costs were estimated at 1103.51 pound, 1075.06 pound and 945.03 pound ( pound sterling, 2008 prices) in these three groups, respectively (P=0.796). After controlling for potentially confounding factors, paternal depression was associated with significantly higher community care costs.
Conclusion: This study provides useful preliminary insights into the healthcare costs associated with paternal depression during the postnatal period.
Limitation: The small sample size may, in part, account for the failure to detect statistically significant differences in mean costs between study groups for most cost categories.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Medicine > Warwick Medical School > Health Sciences
Faculty of Medicine > Warwick Medical School
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Depression in men, Postpartum depression, Medical care, Cost of, Fathers -- Mental health services, Great Britain. National Health Service|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Journal of Affective Disorders|
|Publisher:||Elsevier Science BV|
|Official Date:||September 2011|
|Page Range:||pp. 356-360|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
|Funder:||Wellcome Trust (London, England)|
|Grant number:||078434 (WT)|
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