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Percent of adults diagnosed with a new episode of depression and initiated on an antidepressant drug who remained on an antidepressant medication through the continuation phase of treatment
NCQA Health Plan Employer Data Information Set (HEDIS) measure.
1.81 Adults diagnosed with a new episode of depression and initiated on an antidepressant drug who remained on an antidepressant medication through the continuation phase of treatment, United States, 2001 and 2004.
NCQA, HEDIS data.
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-CM codes 296.2, 296.3, 298.0, 300.4, 309.1, 311) and initiated on an antidepressant drug.
Subset of the denominator receiving antidepressant medication and remaining on medication throughout the continuation treatment phase (6 months following initial diagnosis).
A new episode is defined as no prior diagnosis of depression of any magnitude (ICD-9-CM 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.
Refer to HEDIS technical specifications for a more thorough discussion of measure requirements.
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