Joan Davitt, Associate Professor and Chair of the Aging Specialization is a co-author of the recently published article "The Relationship Between Depressive Symptoms and Health Services Utilization in U.S. Chinese Older Adults." The work appears in the most recent issue of the Gerontologist.
ABSTRACT: Depressive symptomatology is a significant predictor of increased health services utilization and health care cost in the general older adult population. However, there is scant information on the relationship between depressive symptoms and health service utilization among U.S. Chinese older adults. The objective of this study was to examine the relationship between depressive symptoms and physician visits, emergency department (ED) visits, and hospitalization.