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Research Letter
July 1, 2020

Prevalence of Treatment for Depression Among US Adults Who Screen Positive for Depression, 2007-2016

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Public Health Sciences, School of Medicine, University of Connecticut, Farmington
  • 2Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut
  • 3New England Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Centers, Veterans Affairs Connecticut Healthcare System, West Haven
  • 4Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, University of Connecticut, Farmington
  • 5Department of Psychiatry, Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University, New York, New York
JAMA Psychiatry. Published online July 1, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2020.1818

Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide.1 Yet, most US adults who screen positive for depressive symptoms do not receive treatment.2 In the past decade, expansion of mental health care coverage through the Affordable Care Act (ACA)3 may have promoted an increase in the treatment of adults with depression. We examined trends in the prevalence of adults who screened positive for depression and the proportion receiving treatment from 2007 to 2016, with consideration of health insurance coverage.

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