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J Health Econ. 2008 Jan;27(1):157-73. Epub 2007 Apr 4.

Does treating maternal depression improve child health management? The case of pediatric asthma.

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The Urban Institute, Washington, DC 20037, USA. cperry@ui.urban.org

Abstract

Past studies have demonstrated an association between maternal depression and poor management of pediatric asthma. Using an instrumental variables strategy to address the endogeneity of depression treatment, I build on this literature to answer the question of whether treating maternal depression leads to an improvement in pediatric asthma management. I show that treatment of mother's depression improves management of child's asthma, resulting in a reduction in asthma costs in the 6-month period following diagnosis of $798 per asthmatic child whose mother is treated for depression.

PMID:
17498828
DOI:
10.1016/j.jhealeco.2007.03.005
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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