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Bradford WD, Lastrapes WD
A prescription for unemployment? Recessions and the demand for mental health drugs.
The authors estimated the relationship between mental health drug prescriptions and the level of labor market activity in the USA. They found that the number of mental health drug prescriptions rises by about 10% when employment falls by 1% and when unemployment rises by 100 basis points, but only for patients in the Northeast region.
Citation: Bradford WD, Lastrapes WD . A prescription for unemployment? Recessions and the demand for mental health drugs. Health Econ 2014 Nov;23(11):1301-25. doi: 10.1002/hec.2983.
Keywords: Medication, Healthcare Utilization, Health Services Research (HSR), Behavioral Health