Chronic illness with complexities: Mental illness and substance use among veteran clinic users with diabetes

Ranjana Banerjea, Usha Sambamoorthi, David Smelson, Leonard M. Pogach

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Abstract

Objective: Create a taxonomy and examine the predictors of the often co-occurring conditions of substance use disorders and mental illness in veterans with diabetes. Design: Merged Veteran Health Administration and Medicare fee-for-service claims data (N = 485,893). Results: Thirty-one percent of patients with diabetes were diagnosed with either mental illness or substance use and had higher rates of diabetes-related complications. Women were more likely to have serious mental illness; African Americans and Latinos more likely to have drug and/or alcohol use. Conclusion: Prevalence of substance use disorder and mental illness differed by socio-demographics, suggesting the need for tailored diabetes management interventions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)807-821
Number of pages15
JournalAmerican Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse
Volume33
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2007

Keywords

  • Chronic illness with complexity
  • Diabetes
  • Mental illness
  • Substance use

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