Relationship between the Change in Mental Health and Indicators of Medical Costs in the Prevention of Lifestyle-Related Disease
Background: Mental health influences the need for health consultations, and mental healthcare is often required in the prevention of lifestyle-related disease. We investigated the relationship between indicators of medical costs and changes in mental health before and after interventions to prevent lifestyle-related disease. Methods: The study was conducted using data from participants of a lifestyle intervention program who did not have inpatient medical claims (n Results: Patients in the GG and PG groups required significantly fewer consultations than those in the PP group. The GG group had significantly fewer patients who had at least two outpatient medical claims per month than the PP group, following adjustment for age and sex. Patients in the GG and PG groups had significantly fewer consultations for ICD-10 diagnosis codes for Conclusion: Individuals with mental health issues both before and after intervention required more outpatient consultations than those without. The importance of considering mental health in preventing lifestyle-related diseases was confirmed. DOI: 10.2165/0115677-200816060-00009
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