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Table 1 De scription of study sample by type of depression treatment, medicare current beneficiary survey, 2000-2005 a

From: Depression treatment and short-term healthcare expenditures among elderly Medicare beneficiaries with chronic physical conditions

   AD only Psych Tx (with or w/o AD) No Tx.
   N Wt % N Wt % N Wt %
Observation years       
  2000-2001 70 42.2 34 23 60 34.7
  2001-2002 113 59.4 28 14.4 54 26.3
  2002-2003 104 48.5 41 19.9 69 31.6
  2003-2004 132 59.8 33 14.4 55 25.8
  2004-2005 137 53.3 45 18 80 28.7
Gender       
  Female 409 53.2 137 18.4 228 28.4
  Male 147 53.5 44 15.5 90 30.9
Race       
  White 487 55.2 145 16.8 258 28.0
  African American 24 39.5 12 22.5 23 37.9
  Other 45 43.5 24 23.0 37 33.4
Age in years       
  65-69 111 53 36 19 59 28
  70-74 119 57.4 36 17.4 55 25.1
  75-79 110 51 42 19.4 63 29.6
  80 + 216 52.1 67 15.7 141 32.2
Marital status       
  Married 239 55.8 68 16.6 118 27.6
  Other 317 51.5 112 18.3 200 30.2
Metro status       
  Metro 397 53.7 145 19.6 211 26.7
  Not Metro 159 52 36 11.9 107 36.1
Education       
  LT High school 176 52.7 50 14.1 121 33.2
  High school 218 53.2 58 14.9 128 31.9
  Some college 68 49.7 30 22.8 38 27.5
  College 91 57.5 43 27.3 29 15.2
Poverty status       
  LT 200% 314 51 95 15.7 214 33.4
  GE 200% 242 56.4 86 20.4 104 23.2
Prescription drug coverage      
  Yes 446 54.2 146 17.9 243 27.9
  No 110 49.4 35 16.5 75 34.1
Perceived health status       
  Excellent/very good 137 50.4 53 20.4 81 29.2
  Good 194 54.7 60 17.6 105 27.7
  Fair/poor 221 53.9 67 16.1 129 30.0
Functional status (ADL)       
  None 285 50.8 95 18.2 179 31.1
  1-2 162 54.5 53 16.8 91 28.7
  3-6 106 58.4 33 18.1 47 23.4
Smoking status       
  Current 57 53.2 17 18.6 31 28.2
  Past 263 54.0 82 16.6 155 29.3
  Never 235 52.8 82 18.8 128 28.4
BMI       
  Underweight/normal 237 52.4 84 19.5 140 28.2
  Overweight 178 52.4 54 14.9 111 32.7
  Obese 137 55.9 42 18.6 64 25.6
  1. Note: Based on 1,055 elderly community-dwelling Medicare beneficiaries aged 65 years or older, and followed for one year during 2001 through 2005. All characteristics and depression treatment were measured in year 1.
  2. aDue to small number of individuals who received only psychotherapy but no antidepressant treatment, we combined people having psychotherapy with and without antidepressant treatment into one group.
  3. Wt.: Weighted. LT: Less than; GE: Greater than or equal to; Tx: Treatment; AD: Antidepressants; Psych Tx (with or w/o AD): Psychotherapy with or without antidepressants; ADL: Activities of daily living; BMI: Body Mass Index.