The local burden of emotional disorders. An analysis based on a large health survey in Catalonia (Spain)

Centre for the Economics of Mental Health, Health Services Research Department, Institute of Psychiatry, King's College, London, UK.
Gaceta Sanitaria (Impact Factor: 1.19). 11/2011; 26(1):24-9. DOI: 10.1016/j.gaceta.2011.05.019
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Mental health conditions are associated with a significant burden on individuals. Using data from a large population health survey, the present study aimed to quantify the burden of emotional disorders (depression and anxiety) on health-related quality of life (HRQoL) in the region of Catalonia (Spain) for evidence-informed policy making.
Regression models were used to estimate the impact of emotional disorders on HRQoL, controlling by socioeconomic factors and somatic health problems. The rate of emotional disorders was based on the General Health Questionnaire (GHQ-12) and quality of life scores were based on the EQ-5D.
The impact of emotional disorders on HRQoL was equal to a reduction of 0.17 in the EQ-5D score. Translation of this individual impact to population figures yielded a total loss of 78,742 quality-adjusted life years (QALYs) for 2006. This strong impact highlights the need for global policies aiming to reduce this burden.
The negative relation between emotional disorders and the HRQoL of individuals was confirmed and quantified for the population of Catalonia. The use of quality of life scales such as the SF or EQ-5D, combined with data on quasi-specific health conditions provides substantial information for prioritizing and planning health programs.

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    • "It is not possible to infer individual level relationship from relationship observed at the aggregate level due to the ecological fallacy [38,39]. The analysis of the Catalonia Health Survey indicates that the local burden of depression is associated with a low educational level and living alone [40]. The ESEMeD project shows the relationship between the prevalence of depression and sex, unemployment, civil status and disabilities [34]. "
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    • "Gender inequalities were found in the current study, replicating findings form others studies done in Spain (Palència et al. 2011) and in Catalonia (Borrell et al. 2001, 2011; Fernandez et al. 1999: Sabes-Figuera et al. 2012), which also found that women were more likely to use health services. Higher use of specialized mental health care in women have been also described in other countries (Andrade et al. 2008; Burgess et al. 2009; Codony et al. 2009; Ngamini Ngui et al. 2012; Parslow and Jorm 2000; Wang et al. 2007). "
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