Chronic Disease and Behavioral Health
Chronic illnesses like diabetes, heart disease and cancer take a huge portion of our healthcare dollars today – it is estimated that 75% of US healthcare expenditure goes towards individuals with chronic illnesses. Yet the same care approaches that resulted in this situation won’t get us out of it; it is time to address the behavioral health issues that frequently cause and exacerbate the costs of chronic disease care.
Consider the following statistics:
- 18-25% of patients suffer from depression following a myocardial infarction (1)
- Diabetics are 2x as likely to suffer from depression than non-diabetics (2)
- 13% of cancer patients also suffer from depressive disorders (2)
- 2.5x risk of suffering from depression in patients with severe Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) (3)
Anxiety and depression, among other behavioral health issues, typically act as a cost-multiplier to the expense of managing chronic diseases.
Those individuals managing these illnesses – or at high risk for contracting them – could greatly benefit from easily accessible, engaging behavioral health interventions. Empower’s solutions can enhance a chronic disease care program by increasing their scale and reach through digital means.
Learn more about Empower’s solutions for providing scalable behavioral healthcare.
1. Frasure-Smith N, Lesperance F, Talajic M. Depression and 18-month prognosis after myocardial infarction. Circulation. 1995;91:999-1005
2. Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (AHCPR). Depression in Primary Care: Volume 1. Detection and diagnosis. 1993
3. Risk of depression in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and its determinants, Nov 2001
J G van Manen, P J E Bindels, F W Dekker, C J IJzermans, J S van der Zee, E Schadé
4. Chart: Research Synthesis Report No. 21 | The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation | Mental disorders and medical comorbidity | February 2011.