Association between depression and contact precautions in veterans at hospital admission

Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, University of Maryland-Baltimore, 685 West Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD 21201, USA.
American journal of infection control (Impact Factor: 2.21). 03/2011; 39(2):163-5. DOI: 10.1016/j.ajic.2010.06.024
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Contact Precautions (CP) have been associated with depression and anxiety. We enrolled 103 patients on admission to a VA hospital and administered the Hospital Depression and Anxiety Scale (HADS). The mean unadjusted HADS score was 10% higher in patients on CP (14.3 vs 13.0; P = .47), and the association was stronger after adjusting for other variables (mean difference, 2.2; P = .21). Although underpowered, in the largest study to date, patients on CP tended toward more depression and anxiety. Copyright © 2011 by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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