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2003 National Healthcare Quality Report

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Percent of adults diagnosed with a new episode of depression and initiated on an antidepressant drug who received a continuous trial of medication treatment during the acute treatment phase.

Measure Source

National Committee for Quality Assurance, Health Plan Employer Data Information Set (HEDIS) measure.

Tables

1.66 Percent of adults diagnosed with a new episode of depression who received a continuous trial of medication during the acute treatment phase, United States, 1998 - 2001.

Data Source

National Committee for Quality Assurance. HEDIS data from The State of Health Care Quality, 2002.

Denominator

U.S. enrollees of Medicaid, Medicare or commercial health plans, age 18 and over, with a pharmacy benefit, diagnosed with a new episode of major depression (ICD-9 codes 296.2, 296.3, 298.0, 300.4, 309.1, 311).

Numerator

Subset of denominator receiving a continuous trial of antidepressant medication treatment during the acute treatment phase (first 12 weeks following initial diagnosis).

Comments

A new episode is defined as no prior diagnosis of depression of any magnitude (ICD-9 codes 296.2-296.9, 298.0, 300.4, 309.0, 309.1, 309.28, 311) within 120 days of the first episode occurring during the study year.

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