Depression and Satisfaction with Health Coverage and Medical Care in the 1998 NRC Healthcare Market Guide Survey

Published in: Administration and Policy in Mental Health, v. 30, no. 6, July 2003, p. 511-522

Posted on RAND.org on December 31, 2002

by Mark G. Haviland, Harold Alan Pincus, Leo S. Morales

Read More

Access further information on this document at www.springerlink.com

This article was published outside of RAND. The full text of the article can be found at the link above.

The purpose of the present study was to examine the relationships among ratings for depression and health-plan and medical-care satisfaction using data from the 1998 National Research Corporation Healthcare Market Guide (HCMG) survey (N=120,855). Respondents in families in which one or more members had depression (self-report) gave lower satisfaction ratings than those in families in which no member had depression on four global and four composite satisfaction measures. Although satisfaction ratings, generally, were high and depression effects were small, the authors nevertheless recommend efforts to improve access and quality of mental health care.

This report is part of the RAND Corporation external publication series. Many RAND studies are published in peer-reviewed scholarly journals, as chapters in commercial books, or as documents published by other organizations.

The RAND Corporation is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis. RAND's publications do not necessarily reflect the opinions of its research clients and sponsors.