It measured the impact of depression, angina, arthritis, asthma and diabetes on the overall health of 245,404 people from 60 countries. Depression alone was diagnosed in 3.3 per cent, angina alone in 4.5 per cent, arthritis in 4.1 per cent, asthma in 3.3 per cent and diabetes in 2 per cent.
Between 9 and 23 per cent of patients diagnosed with one or more chronic physical disease were also depressed.
General health scores were lower in patients with depression alone than those with a chronic physical disease.
Patients with depression together with one or more physical chronic condition had the worst health scores of all.
- Study looked at 245,404 people in 60 countries.
- 3.3 per cent had depression.
- Health scores lower in patients with depression alone than in patients with chronic physical conditions.
- Up to 23 per cent of patients diagnosed with chronic physical condition also had depression.
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