Greater length of stay and hospital charges for severe asthma in children with depression or anxiety

By Munoz FA, Benton LD, Kops SA, et al
Published September 10, 2020

Key Takeaways

Children with severe asthma with vs without comorbid depression and anxiety were compared concerning hospital outcomes and charges. Researchers here hypothesized that those with depression and anxiety would have longer hospitalizations and incur higher charges. Via performing retrospective review of the 2000‐2012 Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project's Kids' Inpatient Databases, researchers identified 52,485 admissions for severe asthma: 45,094 (86%) with No Comorbid Psychiatric Illnesses, 1,284 (2.4%) with Depression and 1,297 (2.5%) with Anxiety. Observations support the correlation of comorbid depression or anxiety with significantly longer hospitalizations and higher charges for children with severe asthma. In line with prior reports, the findings suggest worse outcomes for children with asthma and comorbid depression or anxiety and emphasize the relevance of improved screening for and management of these conditions in children with asthma for attaining improved hospital outcomes and reduced costs.

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