From the Editor
He isn’t able to work. He often can’t get out of bed. His partner is beside herself. And his diabetic management is poor.
He’s the sort of patient who we see often – in specialist offices (like mine) and in family medicine clinics, and also in emergency departments and on hospital wards. His depression is affecting his life, his family, his workplace – and, yes, his health. Here’s a quick question: how much higher are his health-care costs than those who don’t struggle with depression?
In this week’s selection, we look at a new paper by Maria Chiu et al., considering the costs of depression and distress.
In this Reading, we review the paper, and consider the larger context.