Main causes of regional differences in the prevalence of depression Berlin, may 2012 round ten percent of all adult patients in Germany received a diagnosis of depression in 2007 from their doctor. Women were twice as likely affected as men. This pronounced regional differences: while nearly every fifth patient was affected in Landshut, a depression on Rugen, in Dessau-Rosslau in Wittenberg only every twentieth patients has been documented. The frequency of depression in two types of region is particularly high: in urban areas, as well as in rural areas of West Germany. According to the latest analysis of supply Atlas experts, depression are more common in regions with a higher proportion of socially worse set or all single people. Furthermore, it depends on the power structure: the number of practising psychiatrists, neurologists and psychotherapists in the region affects on discovery and documentation.
Depression around the world are among the most common mental illness. “The disease has a significant impact on the individual well-being and the everyday functioning of the person concerned: as a concomitant disease” chronic diseases a depression can worsen the outcome significantly. Therefore, the supply of people with depressive disorders is an important task for every health system. For this reason it is for us very important to understand the reasons for the marked regional differences “, says Dr. Dominik of Stillfried, Managing Director of the Central Institute of the kassenarztliche supply (ZI). Vulnerable regions can be recognized on the basis of the regional framework conditions such as the level of prosperity and social structure.
When given threat situation but also the role of the supply structure we’re interested in. The surmise that a depression is rarely documented in regions with a low number of nervenarztlichen, psychiatric and psychotherapeutic treatment places, because only a few Patients with can be treated.” The current analysis shows a so-called two also age gradient in the prevalence of depression. So the prevalence rises at first until the age of 60, drops significantly in the retirement age and rises again from the 70th year of life. To Dr. Dominik by Stillfried: evaluation, we received indications of specific practice-relevant risk phases in the age. These breaks in the age group are relevant to the supply planning. These are not considered an underestimate of future supply needs can result.” The results are published under. Supply Atlas the Atlas supply provides a publicly available source of information to a growing number of selected topics from medical care in Germany. Regional differences in medical care and their causes are focus of supply Atlas. The offer of the Central Institute of the kassenarztliche supply (ZI) is aimed at all, the is for Events in health care and in health care or are involved. Find research results and analyses of regional peculiarities and differences in structures, processes and results of medical care that offer the clues for ways of improving the supply. In discussion forums, each post can be discussed publicly. The analyses carried out by ZI itself based on the nationwide payroll data of contract medical care in Germany. Press contact Silke Jakobi Press Office of supply Atlas Herbert Lewin-Platz 3, 10623 Berlin Tel.: 030 4005-2453 cell. 0162 1001092 fax: 030 4005-272419