In 2007, an estimated 1.4 million Americans received hospice services. As the U.S. aging population, 65 and over, increases, the growth in hospice care will expand to accommodate the aging population. Health care providers may be unable to recognize and under-treat depression in hospice patients even though depression is common in hospice care settings. The current study focuses on comparing hospice patients who had depression and those who did not in different settings. This study used data from the 2007 National Home Hospice Care Survey (NHHCS). The hypothesis was not supported. The result revealed a non-significant relationship between depression and hospice in different setting, χ2 (5, N = 4,657) = 3.94,p = 0.557. Therefore, there were no differences in the number of patients diagnosed with depression in different settings. In addition, the study also found hospice care discharges had only 7.6% of patients who were diagnosed with depression. This finding was supported the previous studies that depression is unrecognized in hospice patients.
|Commitee:||Acosta-Deprez, Veronica, Sinay, Tony|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|Department:||Health Care Administration|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 52/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Gerontology, Aging, Clinical psychology, Health care management|
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